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by Spook410
Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:01 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco prices are pushing me right out of my hobby.
Replies: 301
Views: 26062

http://www.spyderco.com/byte/june2012/ <snip> When production knife prices start reaching the pricing of Custom Made Knives....you just might see a shift in buyer demands......Doc :) This is certainly a rational view, but how many custom makers are offering M390, CTS 204P, or even CTS XHP at the HT...
by Spook410
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco prices are pushing me right out of my hobby.
Replies: 301
Views: 26062

- Given all the constraints, Spyderco prices are about what they should be. Probably a bit low all things considered. $140 for a CTS 204P Para w/G10? Who else has a deal like that? - I would rather have great steels and quality construction than products built to a lower price point. When you lower ...
by Spook410
Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:26 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco prices are pushing me right out of my hobby.
Replies: 301
Views: 26062

I know what you mean as there are some hobbies that simply cost too much for me to participate in the way I would like if I were rich. On Spyderco pricing , there are several things play into a companies pricing: - Cost of production -- Labor (design and development, manufacturing, distribution) -- ...
by Spook410
Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:45 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What is the next step after the sharpmaker?
Replies: 32
Views: 3335

Excellent question. This is something worth doing in the sheer enjoyment of steel and knives. There are several paths. The one that works for me is 6 micron DMT paste on a smooth hardwood block (sharpen like you're stropping). Then 3 micron DMT paste on a (different) smooth hardwood block. Then gree...
by Spook410
Thu May 24, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Steel
Replies: 49
Views: 3210

I have several small utility fixed blades in CPM 154 (made by A.B. Schaller in ABQ, NM) scattered around the place. They may not match the M390 Mule in standing up to overt abuse but they sharpen up very nicely and I've found them to maintain their sharpness quite well. When cost is considered, I th...
by Spook410
Thu May 24, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Steel
Replies: 49
Views: 3210

I have several small utility fixed blades in CPM 154 scattered around the place. They may not match the M390 Mule in standing up to overt abuse but they sharpen up very nicely and I've found them to maintain their sharpness quite well.
by Spook410
Tue May 22, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: CTS-20CP Performance
Replies: 29
Views: 2897

Completely agree that one person's experiences are anecdotal, not statistical. Still, by way of user feedback, I've gone out of my way with the M390 Mule to see how the edge would hold up. I've been surprised at how well it has performed. I'm not running particularly fine angles (probably 36 deg inc...
by Spook410
Fri May 18, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Delica5 aethetics improvement
Replies: 45
Views: 4615

In all honesty, I never even noticed. I have a ZDP Delica I often use as an EDC. Green FRN handle. Great knife. I like the current ergonomics pretty well including how my thumb rests when it's open. Don't look at it much when it's in my pocket. This doesn't mean aesthetics are not a consideration wh...
by Spook410
Wed May 16, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sal any update on kitchen knives?
Replies: 116
Views: 16492

I believe 'MC66' core on these is actually ZDP 189. Not as cool as the Japanese designs, but nice in their own right and less expensive.

http://www.cutleryandmore.com/henckels- ... ife-p19686
by Spook410
Tue May 15, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: My first XHP
Replies: 20
Views: 1517

My CTS XHP Millie gets carried regularly. If I lose it, I lose it. It's just a knife.
by Spook410
Sun May 13, 2012 8:38 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Any News about South Fork and Szabo Folder?
Replies: 27
Views: 5537

Not sure how a sweeping curve blade design lends itself to a working knife but I'm sure everyone has their own requirements and preferences. To each their own. I've always found leaf shapes work better for me.
by Spook410
Sun May 13, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: My first XHP
Replies: 20
Views: 1517

I have a Military model in CTS-XHP. Seems as easy to sharpen as anything else. Second the vote on getting a Sharpmaker and that will work fin. CTS-XHP does seem to hold it's edge a bit longer and it really takes a fine edge without a lot of fuss. Very happy with it thus far.
by Spook410
Sun May 13, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Future mule steel hopefuls. I would love to see.....
Replies: 50
Views: 4698

Haven't heard enough about K390 but intrigued by what I have heard. In for this one when it comes out. Hope I can sharpen it.
by Spook410
Sun May 13, 2012 4:37 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Any News about South Fork and Szabo Folder?
Replies: 27
Views: 5537

Spyderco has encouraged us to become Steel Junkies. Nothing trendy about some of the new steels we can get now. They are noticeably better. Still, wouldn't think someone would be using something like the Szabo in an application where S30V wouldn't meet or exceed all requirements. Not like it's made ...
by Spook410
Fri May 11, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: paramilitary 2 green G-10 CTS-204P
Replies: 77
Views: 20672

Wildernest Survivor wrote:It depends on what exactly you mean
I mean.. there were a lot of Millie M390's in the $225-$250 on Ebay right after they came out. Still several selling in that price range apparently. Buyers with any sense won't be paying 50% mark ups even months after their release.
by Spook410
Thu May 10, 2012 8:15 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: paramilitary 2 green G-10 CTS-204P
Replies: 77
Views: 20672

CF M390 Millie's weren't much more than original cost when they first hit the secondary market. Don't know what they are going for now.
by Spook410
Tue May 08, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Military vs. ZT 0560 ...
Replies: 19
Views: 16576

Nice pictures and non-biased comments.

In spite of the obviousness of the forum we're on, I prefer the Millie. Better steel. Lighter weight. Flatter. More useful blade design. No flipper tab. The elegant simplicity of functional design.
by Spook410
Sat May 05, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Best Survival Folder
Replies: 110
Views: 16144

Short of comic book scenarios, survival means constructing shelter, making fire, and finding water that won't make you sick. You then await rescue rather than using up all your precious energy wandering aimlessly about. A bigger knife would work better for making shelter so I would pick a Military i...
by Spook410
Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Buy Sprints, then Flip Them at a Profit?
Replies: 326
Views: 27454

You're doing great Chuck, Seven Tips for Arguing Online 1. Don’t address the points 2. Never follow and read the links your opponent offers up as evidence 3. Offer analogies that make no sense 4. Try to mix in controversial topics to destabilise your opponent. 5. Move the goal posts 6. Have the las...
by Spook410
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: benefits of G-10 handle vs FRN handle
Replies: 32
Views: 13404

I'm fine with FRN but prefer the feel and look of G10. Like carbon fiber peel ply even better (since we're talking unnatural materials). I do think I prefer FRN in one area though and that's for fishing knives.

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