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by Bill1170
Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Space Corps knife??
Replies: 96
Views: 10808

Re: Space Corps knife??

-No cobalt in the blade steel (cobalt captures neutrons, emits beta and gamma radiation and turns into nickel) You are confusing Cobalt 59, the natural, by far the most abundant and only stable cobalt isotope, with Cobalt 60, a synthetic radioactive isotope that has the property you mentioned. The ...
by Bill1170
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Which endura?
Replies: 27
Views: 857

Re: Which endura?

I really like the ergos of my blacked out pacific salt. I understand it is like some version of the endura. Which version of endura would you recommend? If you love the Pacific Salt ergonomics, then an Endura 3 is the same handle. You’ll be shopping the secondary market for one because Spyderco sto...
by Bill1170
Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Paramilitary 2, a delicate knife?
Replies: 67
Views: 1760

Re: Paramilitary 2, a delicate knife?

This is such a cyclical argument. We can get by just fine in life without spyderco, just like we don't need a knife with a lock or a knife with a functional lock (sorry ZT). We choose things either because it makes us happier or it performs a task better. That's it. I COMPLETELY understand that mos...
by Bill1170
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Paramilitary 2, a delicate knife?
Replies: 67
Views: 1760

Re: Paramilitary 2, a delicate knife?

A PM2 was my only work knife for three years. The tip is delicate, but nothing else about that knife is delicate, based on my daily use. It is also easy to clean, with the open flow-through construction. Edited to add: I appreciate the fine tip of the PM2; it allows me to perform tasks that a fatter...
by Bill1170
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: This must change: VG10 and H1 to be used outside of Japan. What can Spyderco do?
Replies: 41
Views: 1494

Re: This must change: VG10 and H1 to be used outside of Japan. What can Spyderco do?

if someone values toughness and serrated edge retention more than the ability to be full flat ground and hold an edge well in PE, H1 could be the better choice. I've been saying this since LC200N arrived on the scene. I think in an ideal tariff-free world perhaps all Salts would be offered in LC200...
by Bill1170
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: LC200N, just for Salt series, or beyond?
Replies: 19
Views: 606

Re: LC200N, just for Salt series, or beyond?

We still don’t know how the SE performance of LC200N compares with SE H-1, do we? Plain edge performance is well understood. Eric told us today that H1 is the ‘better’ steel (edge retention wise) in SE and LC200 is better in plain. Thank you! It is good to have this confirmed by a knowledgeable sou...
by Bill1170
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: LC200N, just for Salt series, or beyond?
Replies: 19
Views: 606

Re: LC200N, just for Salt series, or beyond?

We still don’t know how the SE performance of LC200N compares with SE H-1, do we? Plain edge performance is well understood.
by Bill1170
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Dedicated Vehicle Emergency Knife
Replies: 35
Views: 1070

Re: Dedicated Vehicle Emergency Knife

I keep a Byrd Rescue in the center console and a Res-Q-Me tool hanging off the rear view mirror, and a 3-D cell Maglite with carbide tipped glass breaker butt cap under driver’s seat.
by Bill1170
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Lifetime of a Serrated Edge
Replies: 37
Views: 5162

Re:

I love SE edges and especially the big Dyad SE edge. The problem with sharpening a SE edge with the SM is that the forward portion of the SE is sharpened, not the back side. The 701 profile stones allow the entire SE edge to be sharpened and honed. Gotta try it to believe it. The Profile stones are...
by Bill1170
Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Suggestion for Spyderco: More All-Stainless Laminated Blades.
Replies: 16
Views: 368

Re: Suggestion for Spyderco: More All-Stainless Laminated Blades.

Softer cheeks forged to a harder core will result in a blade that is easier to stamp out the blank and easier to grind the primary bevel on. It should also be more resistant to complete failure via fracture. It would not be as strong as a harder mono steel, but it should be tougher. The properties a...
by Bill1170
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Suggestion for Spyderco: More All-Stainless Laminated Blades.
Replies: 16
Views: 368

Re: Suggestion for Spyderco: More All-Stainless Laminated Blades.

For knives with more easily corroded core stock, stainless cheeks provide corrosion protection for the two sides of the blade. What is the practical benefit from cladding stainless with more stainless? Toughness? Economy?
by Bill1170
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Favorite steel!
Replies: 51
Views: 1635

Re: Favorite steel!

I haven’t tried LC200N yet, and I’m impressed by how many here like it a lot.

Of my regular carry knives my favorites are M390, S110V, and ZPD-189. I still use and highly regard VG-10, too.
by Bill1170
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: More button compression locks?
Replies: 20
Views: 779

Re: More button compression locks?

I’m intrigued because I love the compression lock. I am concerned about this implementation because it looks too easy to accidentally disengage the lock while using the knife. I haven’t handled one, would love to be wrong in my trepidation.
by Bill1170
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: More on new Spyderco Light Weights: Let's discuss!
Replies: 89
Views: 2628

Re: More on new Spyderco Light Weights: Let's discuss!

The Military with G-10 handles is amazingly light already. I doubt that sales of a marginally lighter version would justify the engineering and mold expense of doing an FRCP Lightweight version.
by Bill1170
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Blade grinds
Replies: 13
Views: 561

Re: Blade grinds

This thread should be a sticky. It has lots of clear exposition in just a few posts, and covers a topic we all wonder about early in our learning about the physics of matter separation.
by Bill1170
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Lansky spyder serrations sharpener.
Replies: 17
Views: 855

Re: Lansky spyder serrations sharpener.

I wonder has anyone tried mounting the Spyderco Sharpmaker rods in the Hapstone 7 Guided system and used it for Sharpening serrations. Thinking this could be done by epoxying rods to a plate or something. Not sure the Hapstone 7 can grip the rod will have to try this after work today. If this works...
by Bill1170
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: How do we define sharpness?
Replies: 18
Views: 462

Re: How do we define sharpness?

Sharpness is not equivalent to cutting ability, as Darby so clearly elucidated. Sharpness is one aspect only of cutting ability. Sharpness refers explicitly to radius at the apex.
by Bill1170
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Who else is packing some LC200n? Whaddya think?
Replies: 43
Views: 1221

Re: Who else is packing some LC200n? Whaddya think?

The only LC200N knife I own is my PE Caribbean leaf blade. It's also my only Taichung-made Spyderco. I'm extremely happy with it. It's probably my favorite Spyderco knife. I love the design and I love the steel. I rarely buy knives anymore, so I don't know if or when I will be buying another knife,...
by Bill1170
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:40 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Fat blades can’t slice. Wrong.
Replies: 20
Views: 1104

Re: Fat blades can’t slice. Wrong.

Slicing off a sliver isn't the issue, that's more like carving which is very different from slicing. Can it slice a large apple in two without the apple cracking apart towards the end of the cut? How much does it bind up when cutting heavy double wall boxes? Those are the kinds of tasks I consider ...
by Bill1170
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Who else is packing some LC200n? Whaddya think?
Replies: 43
Views: 1221

Re: Who else is packing some LC200n? Whaddya think?

The only LC200N knife I own is my PE Caribbean leaf blade. It's also my only Taichung-made Spyderco. I'm extremely happy with it. It's probably my favorite Spyderco knife. I love the design and I love the steel. I rarely buy knives anymore, so I don't know if or when I will be buying another knife,...

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