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by Bill1170
Mon May 20, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Why put liners in the Delica?
Replies: 45
Views: 1185

Re: Why put liners in the Delica?

The liners were added in the Delica 4 revision to facilitate four-way clip mounting. The Delica 3 barrel bolt setup only permitted tip-up clip mounting. My guess is that there was wide sentiment for four-way clips before they were available on the Delica/Endura. So Delica 3 was linerless?? Did not ...
by Bill1170
Mon May 20, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: H1 Serrated vs LC200N Serrated
Replies: 29
Views: 839

Re: H1 Serrated vs LC200N Serrated

I recall that the Japanese makers strongly prefer to use Japanese steels. Making the Pacific Salt in Japan with non-Japanese steel might be more a cultural challenge than anything else. I agree that the performance jump in FFG over HSG will make it impossible to directly compare the two alloys.
by Bill1170
Mon May 20, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Why put liners in the Delica?
Replies: 45
Views: 1185

Re: Why put liners in the Delica?

The liners were added in the Delica 4 revision to facilitate four-way clip mounting. The Delica 3 barrel bolt setup only permitted tip-up clip mounting. My guess is that there was wide sentiment for four-way clips before they were available on the Delica/Endura.
by Bill1170
Sat May 18, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Top 5 knives you actually carry
Replies: 84
Views: 1867

Re: Top 5 knives you actually carry

The top 5 knives I actually carry, in order from most to least frequently are: 1) Victorinox Classic SAK (on my keys) 2) Manix 2 Lightweight S110V, waved by a friend 3) Green VG-10 FFG Delica 4, clip removed 4) Blue FRN Stretch in ZDP-189, cut down in blade height, hand convexed, and mirror polished...
by Bill1170
Thu May 16, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Least liked thing about a favored Spydie
Replies: 79
Views: 1345

Re: Least liked thing about a favored Spydie

No Spydie is perfect. Compromises have been made in its design and execution. What do you overlook or forgive in a favored Spydie just because most everything else about it is what you want a folder to be? For example, I love my Caribbean, but I hate reaching for the choil that isn’t there. :eek: T...
by Bill1170
Tue May 14, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: a friend’s find...
Replies: 27
Views: 1587

Re: a friend’s find...

VashHash wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 8:30 am
I always have one of these handy for jimping and sometimes cleaning any rust off blades. Usually doesn't scratch the hardened steel unless you really press hard.

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Brass bristles are even safer; they won’t scratch steel.
by Bill1170
Tue May 14, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Replaceable blade folding mule
Replies: 35
Views: 924

Re: Replaceable blade folding mule

Maybe any folding Mule design needs to be “clunky” in some way so as to discourage the eBay flippers from playing. In other words, develop a design only a steel junky could love.

I really like the interchangeable blade concept.
by Bill1170
Sun May 12, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Poll: more CBBL
Replies: 62
Views: 1369

Re: Poll: more CBBL

I voted yes. Although I love the compression lock, the CBBL has several huge advantages. To wit:

1) It’s fully ambidextrous like the back lock, exactly the same on both sides.

2) I love the strong self-close bias and lack of need for a detent ball. It is safer and yet convenient.
by Bill1170
Sun May 12, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Cruwear What is the problem?
Replies: 76
Views: 1615

Re: Cruwear What is the problem?

VG-10 also “wants to get sharp,” and is very well rounded. I haven’t tried Cruwear, but this has been a fascinating thread so far.
by Bill1170
Sun May 12, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Replaceable blade folding mule
Replies: 35
Views: 924

Re: Replaceable blade folding mule

It is a feasible idea. Whether or not Spyderco people will buy it remains to be seen. Truth be told, Spyderco people can be rather odd in the things they take to. Just because Buck and others have made such a knife and sold it successfully, does not mean that Spyderco folk will go for it. Many time...
by Bill1170
Sat May 11, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Replaceable blade folding mule
Replies: 35
Views: 924

Re: Replaceable blade folding mule

If a swappable blade folding mule were to be a locking folder, it would make sense to have the locking parts be integral to the “handle,” and the blade part be set into that. Mating a bunch of blades to a lock seems like a risky task and more work than most would want for switching steels. It might...
by Bill1170
Fri May 10, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: "sharpening" services
Replies: 24
Views: 903

Re: "sharpening" services

Like any other skill, sharpening requires time and practice to acquire proficiency. It is much preferable to acqire the skill than to rely on third parties to keep your knives sharp. I agree that the 204 Sharpmaker is all one really NEEDS for edge maintenance if you buy also the coarse rods. Yes, th...
by Bill1170
Fri May 10, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Police 4 Observations
Replies: 105
Views: 7145

Re: Police 4 Observations

Thank you, Vivi, for thoroughly answering my question. Given your real-world experience with DLC and rust, a DLC’d version of the K390 Police 4 sounds like a very desirable upgrade! Obviously, the liners would also need to either be similarly coated or made of more corrosion resistant alloy than the...
by Bill1170
Thu May 09, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Police 4 Observations
Replies: 105
Views: 7145

Re: Police 4 Observations

Vivi, in your experience have you found DLC an effective rust preventive on a carbon steel blade? I have no experience with either DLC or the more specific case of DLC over non-stainless steel.
by Bill1170
Thu May 09, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Replaceable blade folding mule
Replies: 35
Views: 924

Re: Replaceable blade folding mule

If a swappable blade folding mule were to be a locking folder, it would make sense to have the locking parts be integral to the “handle,” and the blade part be set into that. Mating a bunch of blades to a lock seems like a risky task and more work than most would want for switching steels. It might ...
by Bill1170
Wed May 08, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: POLL - Two bladed- / Dyad Mule Platform? (for those GENERALLY interested in a Mule program
Replies: 6
Views: 152

Re: POLL - Two bladed- / Dyad Mule Platform? (for those GENERALLY interested in a Mule program

I had arrived at a very similar concept with interchangeable blades, but in a non-folding platform. The idea I had was for Mule handles purchased separately from Mule blades. The blades would feature a tang that inserts into the handle, fixed by a screw or other simple, reliable means. Having a shor...
by Bill1170
Wed May 08, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team
Replies: 182
Views: 7681

Re: Mule Team

Mules were only ever sold new via the SFO.

(Messed up quoting on my phone, sorry.)
by Bill1170
Wed May 08, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Endela: New Nr. 1 recommendation for a first / only / basic / good-value folder?
Replies: 23
Views: 1129

Re: Endela: New Nr. 1 recommendation for a first / only / basic / good-value folder?

Hi Wartstein,

Yes, he appreciated it from the very start. He trusts my cutlery knowledge so that made it better from the start.
by Bill1170
Wed May 08, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Endela: New Nr. 1 recommendation for a first / only / basic / good-value folder?
Replies: 23
Views: 1129

Re: Endela: New Nr. 1 recommendation for a first / only / basic / good-value folder?

The calculus changes somewhat when gifting, rather than recommending a knife. I gifted a Stretch to a friend who would never spend that much on a folder. He kept losing his crappy beaters so I said, “Here is a high quality knife you will treasure and not lose.” And he hasn’t! That was almost 2 years...
by Bill1170
Tue May 07, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Which steel is closest to what is used in German Kitchen Knives??
Replies: 25
Views: 882

Re: Which steel is closest to what is used in German Kitchen Knives??

It’s a valid point about softer, tougher steels being more forgiving in the hands of unskilled users. My Japanese kitchen knives live in my desk drawer; only I get to use them. Marital harmony is thereby preserved.

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