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by awa54
Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Frankenstein titanium UKPK?
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Re: Frankenstein titanium UKPK?

^Yeah, if I recall correctly the old g10, cf, and ti UKPKs use 3mm stock. The frn ones and the current HH exclusive use 2.5mm stock. Don't know enough about the internals to know if moving the backspring and blade together would work. My suggestion would be to just buy a g10 one from HH and a coupl...
by awa54
Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Why all the Manix love?
Replies: 93
Views: 3324

Re: Why all the Manix love?

I have the smooth CF/Cruwear exclusive from KC and I constantly wish that it was a peel ply texture, because the Manix is a work knife, not a gentleman's knife... It may be a bit homely compared to the sleek pocket jewelry that some favor, but I like it for the locked in grip ergos, the super strong...
by awa54
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Frankenstein titanium UKPK?
Replies: 9
Views: 349

Re: Frankenstein titanium UKPK?

The original UKPK has a full backspring and thicker blade stock than the current version, so there's no easy interchangeability with current models of UKPK. That said blades from first gen. UKPKs are likely to be as interchangeable as any blade within the same model... which is to say, there are cer...
by awa54
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?
Replies: 33
Views: 1250

Re: Calypso sprint run - would you buy one?

Super blue, M390, K390 or HAP40... Yes please!
by awa54
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: V-TOKU 2 Love
Replies: 140
Views: 22780

Re: V-TOKU 2 Love

ANOTHER UPDATE: that third time is the charm thing, isn't always true... more chips, but this time very small ones and they came from hacking on seasoned hardwood, not just low level EDC tasks. Another sharpening was administered (retaining the 15DPS without micro-bevel geometry) and repeating the s...
by awa54
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Why linerless?
Replies: 63
Views: 6333

Re: Why linerless?

For example in the Delica/Endela/Endura, I like that there are liners, with that application the knife can be made thinner while retaining rigidity because of the steel liners. On the other hand the thicker Native is plenty rigid without liners to stiffen the G10 scales, so for that knife I'm glad S...
by awa54
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: A question to Mr. Glesser about "the Maxamet situation"
Replies: 52
Views: 5780

Re: A question to Mr. Glesser about "the Maxamet situation"

I'd love to have a Maxamet Chaparral, or a Maxamet Dragonfly 2. In my opinion, Maxamet is really ideal for a small, precise knife. I love it in the Manix 2 LW, but I think the steel is really perfect for a smaller platform (Native is a great choice for it, for example, and I'm very grateful to have...
by awa54
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The Future of the Para 2? I'm sort of worried
Replies: 45
Views: 1080

Re: The Future of the Para 2? I'm sort of worried

I wouldn't lose any sleep over that JD ;)
by awa54
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews
Replies: 115
Views: 3247

Re: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews

last night the Urban was used as the world's tiniest machete; I hacked off a bunch of low hanging apple twigs, the largest of which was about 1cm / 3/8" in diameter, most were green, a few were seasoned. The 12.5 DPS edge with no secondary bevel took no damage whatsoever and paper cutting is just as...
by awa54
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Happy Birthday BLOKE!!!
Replies: 33
Views: 1029

Re: Happy Birthday BLOKE!!!

Dang! I missed this one too D:

Happy belated B-Day Alex, sounds like it was a good one! ...despite the lack of knife related gifts.

by the way, what passes for cold down under? if it's not too bad I'd take a bit of it here, as we're finally starting to get some real heat.
by awa54
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews
Replies: 115
Views: 3247

Re: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews

Now for the real contribution to this thread: I just installed a shiny new 12.5 DPS edge to 1200 grit FEPA-F (approx. 3u), then stropped lightly with yellow stone on a firm strop. I'm a bit surprised by all the reports that this is an easy to grind steel... it's hard enough that initial stock remova...
by awa54
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews
Replies: 115
Views: 3247

Re: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews

Enjoying the debate, but really wish the "steel X was originally designed for purpose Y" argument would go away. You can't possible make a weaker case against the use of a specific steel in knife blades. The vast majority of steels were designed for other purposes, yet we still find pleasure explor...
by awa54
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Urban and UKPK - twins on different continents
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: Urban and UKPK - twins on different continents

I did not like the original UKPK because the springs were too soft. The springs on the current urban or a little bit too hard but still better than the soft ones of the UK PK. However I have heard that the new springs on the BD1NUKPK and very nice. The Skweek that I had the springs were far too wea...
by awa54
Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Urban and UKPK - twins on different continents
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: Urban and UKPK - twins on different continents

the Urban started out in Japan and first gen. UKPKs had thicker blade stock and a full length backspring... personally I like the original UKPK better than the current FRN version. and I much prefer the backspring action on the Italian made UKPK derivatives (DKPK, Urban & Squeek) over the FRN UKPKs ...
by awa54
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews
Replies: 115
Views: 3247

Re: AEB-L Urban Performance Reviews

Chopped a bunch on Mushrooms to see how it did on a cutting board at 15dps and high refinement. Sailed through the Mushrooms, nice clean cuts. When I was done I checked the edge and found a little millimeter section that reflected light (must have been where I was hitting the cutting board). A few ...
by awa54
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: HAP40 upgrade?
Replies: 30
Views: 2104

Re: HAP40 upgrade?

I'm guessing that the issue with hardness testing on laminate blades is more that it can't be done without damaging or even destroying the test sample (someone's beloved Sprint Spydie!). If Manufacturers didn't play so coy with hardness numbers (which they undoubtedly already know as part of product...
by awa54
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: HAP40 upgrade?
Replies: 30
Views: 2104

Re: HAP40 upgrade?

Hap40 is a Japanese Steel used in Seki’s Japanese sprints. Rex is a USA Steel. I guess you want really expensive sprint runs of FRN knives but real people don’t. Changing the HT on an existing steel shouldn't up the price by more than a few bucks per unit (or might not change it at all, depending o...
by awa54
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: HAP40 upgrade?
Replies: 30
Views: 2104

Re: HAP40 upgrade?

Now, now, HAP40 is a proven performer and in limited production right now, where the other HAP series steels from Hitachi haven't been offered, let alone had the bugs worked out... Don't get me wrong, HAP40 is a steel I'm glad to have available, but it *could* be even better if the results from REX4...
by awa54
Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: HAP40 upgrade?
Replies: 30
Views: 2104

HAP40 upgrade?

I know this has been touched on in other threads, but I'll give it its own space here: CPM REX45 seems to have been an even bigger hit with steel and edge junkies than HAP40, as well as having a real world lift in some performance parameters, likely because of higher hardness (or at least a differen...
by awa54
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Reprofiling M390 using Sharpmaker CBN rods
Replies: 47
Views: 1588

Re: Reprofiling M390 using Sharpmaker CBN rods

If anyone cares to try them: https://www.idahoners.com/product-page/7-triangular-grey-coarse-grit-replacement They certainly won't replace a guided system, or even a coarse bench stone for reprofiling, but at least you don't need to worry about wearing the abrasive off of the rods like you do with ...

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