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by Eli Chaps
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:18 pm
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
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Spyderco Folders converted into Fixed Blades question.
Replies: 13
Views: 843

Re: Spyderco Folders converted into Fixed Blades question.

I've repeatedly said here that I think the Manix 2 is a tremendous platform for a fixed blade design. I'd like to see more "sculpted" or maybe beefier scales to fill the hand for heavier (tight grip I mean) use a fixed blade might see and screwed-on scales for cleaning. I think it would a fantastic ...
by Eli Chaps
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: 2018 Alistair Phillips!
Replies: 276
Views: 30829

Re: 2018 Alistair Phillips!

Wire clip is the best clip Spyderco makes, imo. Happy to see it on this! What i have noticed about the wire type clips, they do not hold as good as a standard type Clip and they have the bad habit of coming lose. The standard Spyderco clip has three screws to hold it tightly, the wire clip just has...
by Eli Chaps
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: I don't like the way this forum discusses corrosion resistance
Replies: 60
Views: 4522

Re: I don't like the way this forum discusses corrosion resistance

The average person's sweat runs ~4-5pH. It's acidic. That's what keeps mushrooms from just growing on our forearms. ;)
by Eli Chaps
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: ‘First’ Spyderco
Replies: 28
Views: 1762

Re: ‘First’ Spyderco

Welcome! Man, it's a shame you're stuck on the Made in USA thing as the Caribbean sounds like a near perfect match for you. For what it's worth, if it helps at all, I bet the overwhelming majority of machines in the Golden plant that are used to make the knives were made over seas. :) Other than H1 ...
by Eli Chaps
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Cost Cutting on Sprderco's Higher End Models, Why?
Replies: 147
Views: 11293

Re: Cost Cutting on High End Models, Why?

Archimedes wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:41 pm

What it costs to fill my truck has relevance to me.
I had a trying weekend and so far a rather frustrating morning. And that sir, just about made me spit my morning coffee all over my screen.

Thank you for setting my mood back on the right track for the day!

:D
by Eli Chaps
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Cost Cutting on Sprderco's Higher End Models, Why?
Replies: 147
Views: 11293

Re: Cost Cutting on High End Models, Why?

Hi Ugaarguy, Perhaps we don't think of it as cost cutting. Perhaps your estimate of an added $25 is low. Adding a Ti liner where no spring is necessary and using solid CF will add far more than you think? Why make the model more expensive than is necessary? Our knives are expensive for a lot of peo...
by Eli Chaps
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Ugh... Sharpening Challenge
Replies: 4
Views: 525

Re: Ugh... Sharpening Challenge

Sjucaveman wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:42 pm
Looks like meat cutting knives.
Yep. Butchering kit I bought my son in law that he uses to process game.
by Eli Chaps
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Ugh... Sharpening Challenge
Replies: 4
Views: 525

Ugh... Sharpening Challenge

So yeah, sharpening this thing was super neat. :eek: http://i897.photobucket.com/albums/ac180/EliChaps1/IMG_20180831_171519527_zpsniz7afqg_edit_1535761121028_zpsks871jji.jpg I used 8"x3" SiC and Arkansas bench stones. Fortunately it is frogiving steel but the length and that crazy scimitar belly... ...
by Eli Chaps
Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The curious case of the LW Manix 2
Replies: 43
Views: 2550

Re: The curious case of the LW Manix 2

I strangely never was a fan of the G10 Manix2 but do like the LW version. I am not 100% sure why? I think part of it is that I am not a huge fan of jimping and always found all of the superfluous jimping on the Manix2 excessive. Other than that I am not sure. I do know that I appreciate how lightwe...
by Eli Chaps
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Knife Birthday Present
Replies: 14
Views: 927

Re: Knife Birthday Present

Bright orange or blue Endura in VG10. Tough, rugged, big, won't break the bank if it gets damaged or stolen and easily identifiable.
by Eli Chaps
Sun Aug 26, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Chaparral LW Exclusives and Sprints
Replies: 35
Views: 3656

Re: Chaparral LW Exclusives and Sprints

dang. I feel like its going to be the chaparral then. Thanks for the side by side! I am not a huge fan of the finger choil on either model. That said, I much prefer the Chap over the Native. With the Chap I can use it without the choil just fine but the Native causes me hot spots. If you grip eithe...
by Eli Chaps
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Nick's question of "why"?
Replies: 172
Views: 22601

Re: Nick's question of "why"?

Daveho wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:23 pm
Nick “Bomb thrower” Shabazz.
Comes in, throws bomb, gone for a week.
The villagers are all razzed up.
“Rabble rabble rabble
Burn the blasphemous
Rabble rabble”
Sigh...
by Eli Chaps
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Worst things to cut thread
Replies: 46
Views: 3752

Re: Worst things to cut thread

I work in metal casting and we have various high-temp "fiber glass" type insulation materials and they absolutely wreck blades.
by Eli Chaps
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Nick's question of "why"?
Replies: 172
Views: 22601

Re: Nick's question of "why"?

Here's the bottom line for me - I freaking love me some Spyderco folders. I haven't bought myself or anyone else around me another brand of folding knife in years. And that is very large part due to the diversity in product offerings. I dislike coated blades. I wish Sal wasn't so attached to the fin...
by Eli Chaps
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Nick's question of "why"?
Replies: 172
Views: 22601

Re: Nick's question of "why"?

Spydergirl88 wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:39 pm


Just to clarify my post was not directed at you but towards the post attacking other forum member's "knife usage"
Thank you ma'am and I know. I fully understood your post.
by Eli Chaps
Wed Aug 22, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Nick's question of "why"?
Replies: 172
Views: 22601

Re: Nick's question of "why"?

Well now hold on a second here... I don't know if any of the "attacking Nick" posts were directed at me, but if so, there's no moral "diversity" high ground to be had there. It is, in my humble opinion entirely relevant to see a knife reviewer use their knife. No, not abuse, not even close. As I've ...
by Eli Chaps
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Nick's question of "why"?
Replies: 172
Views: 22601

Re: Nick's question of "why"?

Ugh... Sal, I genuinely have the upmost respect for you as a visionary, entrepreneur and as a person. I mean, if people just take the time to read how you worded that initial post, not to mention the grief, warranted or not, Nick helped perpetuate for you over the Teflon washer deal, it really just ...
by Eli Chaps
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: What is Powder Metallurgy?
Replies: 13
Views: 1290

Re: What is Powder Metallurgy?

Looking forward to reading this one Larrin.

My current existence is highly dependent on powder metallurgy (non-steel) and I'm always eager to read/learn more about the science and process!
by Eli Chaps
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Why no steel strops?
Replies: 55
Views: 6321

Re: Why no steel strops?

I'm a home-cook foodie and with the knives I currently use, I've transitioned from a steel to a leather strop. I keep a 2-sided strop rolled up in a Ziplock bag near and from time to time I'll give whatever knife is in my hand a few passes on the compound side and the bare hard side. I've got knives...

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