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by Eli Chaps
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: 2018 Alistair Phillips!
Replies: 276
Views: 30833

Re: 2018 Alistair Phillips!

Sleigh bells ring... Are you list'nin'...?

:)
by Eli Chaps
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Guides for freehand sharpening
Replies: 17
Views: 768

Re: Guides for freehand sharpening

Thanks y’all. I have used the marker trick, even on the sharpmaker, for quite some time. Have 7x & 10x Hastings triplets. Yes, practice on less important knives. Just looking to see if others have found the guide wedges useful for practice. Since I use the sharpmaker almost exclusively, getting the...
by Eli Chaps
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Is the Dragonfly Obsolete?
Replies: 55
Views: 3118

Re: Is the Dragonfly Obsolete?

I own both a D'fly 2 and a Chap LW and I say no. As similar as they are, for me, they fill different roles. The Chap is often my EDC. It's a little bigger in overall size and blade so I find it a little more versatile for carry than the D'fly. But, the D'fly is lives in the bowl-o-junk beside my cha...
by Eli Chaps
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Dfly Rehab
Replies: 15
Views: 726

Re: Dfly Rehab

That side shot freaks me out because my backlock is clearly visible above the FRN. If the dent wasn't there and the metal line was constant, it would essentially be a continuation of the handle arc.

Is that just something with the picture?
by Eli Chaps
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Why we love the steels we love?
Replies: 29
Views: 1459

Re: Why we love the steels we love?

Geometry, blade style, etc. not withstanding... BD1: Great steel. I used to think it was inferior until I really gave it a chance. Very corrosion resistant. Takes a great edge with ease and is super easy to maintain. Tough and holds it's edge just fine for my EDC tasks. VG10: More or less the same c...
by Eli Chaps
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: New Member and some questions!
Replies: 18
Views: 1028

Re: New Member and some questions!

Welcome. :)

If I was dropping $200-400 on multiple knives I would sacrifice buying one or two of them and get myself well set up with very good sharpening gear so I could maintain my knives.
by Eli Chaps
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Help me choose my first Spydie
Replies: 20
Views: 1247

Re: Help me choose my first Spydie

I don’t think the Manix has enough belly for skinning and dressing large game. (For that matter, neither does the Sprig). If I were choosing a Spyderco folder for that work it would be the Stretch. If I wanted a fixed blade it would be the Southfork. That's a good point Lance. No pun intended. :) I...
by Eli Chaps
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Help me choose my first Spydie
Replies: 20
Views: 1247

Re: Help me choose my first Spydie

I gave my son in law a VG10 Stretch 2 and he's dressed a number of deer with it. I admit it freaked me out a little cuz that was always fixed blade territory for me and I thought the knife would be ruined in no time from blood and hair and cleaning but he just hoses it down and it keeps right on goi...
by Eli Chaps
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: A shout out to Mr. Sal Glesser & the Spyderco crew
Replies: 6
Views: 454

Re: A shout out to Mr. Sal Glesser & the Spyderco crew

That is awesome! Give your son our sincerest thanks for his service.
by Eli Chaps
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Just a General Thank You
Replies: 15
Views: 928

Just a General Thank You

This not just to Sal and the entire Spyderco enterprise, but to the community as well. Today, I just took a few minutes to reflect and appreciate the whole "Spyderco thing". Yesterday or so, I read something about a knife too short for cutting apples. I had my Chap LW and an apple. As I cut my apple...
by Eli Chaps
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sal's Casual Bombshell Thread
Replies: 2289
Views: 576312

Re: Sal's Casual Bombshell Thread

Discussion around the Caribbean:


Hi Snapshot,

As mentioned, our Taiwan maker had more capacity for what could be a larger line. Now in one size, with two blade shapes and two edges. There is also a larger version planned.

sal
http://www.spyderco.com/forumII/viewtop ... =2&t=81207
by Eli Chaps
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: BD1N - My New Love Affair!
Replies: 19
Views: 1442

Re: BD1N - My New Love Affair!

I don't have any S110V but I do have S90V and ZDP189. I really like S90V's performance and it isn't terrible to sharpen with my KME and diamonds (don't have diamond bench stones just now). ZDP is...well...not my favorite steel... As I said, this is my only blade in this steel and I've only had it fo...
by Eli Chaps
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: BD1N - My New Love Affair!
Replies: 19
Views: 1442

Re: BD1N - My New Love Affair!

TomAiello wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:42 pm
Which kitchen knife? Is it the Massdrop Apogee one?
No sir. Yaxell Dragon Fire gyuto (red and black micarta handle).

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by Eli Chaps
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: BD1N - My New Love Affair!
Replies: 19
Views: 1442

Re: BD1N - My New Love Affair!

Vivi wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:37 pm
BD1 has got to be the easiest to sharpen stainless I've tried. I may hunt down a UKPK just to try this other version of it.
Soft and Black Arkansas stones and strop finish. "S" cuts receipt paper out at the tip of the 8.5" blade with the handle floating in my fingertips.
by Eli Chaps
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: BD1N - My New Love Affair!
Replies: 19
Views: 1442

BD1N - My New Love Affair!

I have a kitchen knife in BD1N at an advertised 63HRC. It is my only sample of this steel. I used the factory edge for two months and was impressed but it was time to put my own edge on it. Super easy to sharpen to magnificent edge! I freaking love this stuff!!! I know there has been talk of it but ...
by Eli Chaps
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Made a strop
Replies: 14
Views: 824

Re: Made a strop

Good for you! I always leave the smooth side naked. To me the abrasive thing is pretty simple. If you're going to strop high-vanadium-content blades, you're best to go with diamond or CBN. Otherwise, whatever compound you like. I really don't think anything below 4um is necessary, fun and cool yes,...
by Eli Chaps
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Sharpening and Shapton Glass Stones
Replies: 12
Views: 994

Re: Sharpening and Shapton Glass Stones

Welcome and great choice for a pocket knife! I don't have Shapton's but I sharpen my Chaparral (XHP) on Arkansas stones without any issue. It's fairly responsive stuff. I don't do the Japanese kitchen steels but I have a fair variety of European steels and while XHP doesn't jump to attention quite a...
by Eli Chaps
Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Folders converted into Fixed Blades question.
Replies: 13
Views: 843

Re: Spyderco Folders converted into Fixed Blades question.

Your wish has already been granted! The mule team blades are for all practical purposes, Manix 2 fixed blade designs. And you can pick some up and either get busy making your own handles or buy them from any number of suppliers. I think Halpern Titanium is one of the best choices. Like you say, I f...

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