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by The Mastiff
Mon Sep 25, 2006 10:38 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: My Maix Steel is Turning RED....
Replies: 40
Views: 3128

Mine recently appeared in the hole like the above picture. I noticed it after wiping it with a marine tuff cloth. It seemed to appear in front of my eyes, though it really was just making itself more apparent. It was not there when new. I think it is some chemical reaction rather than rust. When I h...
by The Mastiff
Mon Sep 25, 2006 2:37 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: what about a spydie friction folder ???
Replies: 77
Views: 24219

I'd have to say an in house design if for no other reason than protection from litigation. I have a few of different varieties ( none as good as the custom ones pictured in the thread). I'd predict a new record of people being bitten by spyderco designs unless the bar is bigger and longer than the o...
by The Mastiff
Mon Sep 25, 2006 2:21 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Question about steel selection process?
Replies: 2
Views: 754

Question about steel selection process?

Sal, some time back you mentioned in a thread you were testing a knife you made of 20CV. Is there any way you can tell me what knocked it out of contention for spyderco uses. I know you have a very decent, and balanced philosophy of "All good, just different". I'm not asking for any derogatory comme...
by The Mastiff
Sun Sep 24, 2006 1:01 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Highest Quality Spyder I've Owned
Replies: 13
Views: 1538

Yeah JD, you pretty much have my number there. I've loved TI knives since I found out they existed. I even have an all Ti ( beta ti) Mission. The Manix is one of my all time favorites of any make, price range, style etc. I haven't bought the benchmade and likely won't. Other than a few mini grips ( ...
by The Mastiff
Sat Sep 23, 2006 6:44 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Highest Quality Spyder I've Owned
Replies: 13
Views: 1538

Darn it J.D., now you have me seeing Ti ATR's in my sleep. I had priced them, found one then took my mastiff "Finn" to the vet and found out he needs surgery on his eye lids. Bang! That's about 4 Ti ATR's in cost there alone. Oh well, He's worth it by a longshot. There's always next year. ;) Joe
by The Mastiff
Sat Sep 23, 2006 5:49 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Delica question ?
Replies: 19
Views: 1419

I've got a black ti right hand FRN "G-2" version, serrated. It used to be my "swimming pool" knife here in the blazing hot NC summers. Joe
by The Mastiff
Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:19 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Should I get: Stretch or ATR?
Replies: 21
Views: 3059

I recieved my Stretch today. So far I love the knife and can see it making it into my EDC rotation. I love the flat grinds. The lockup,blade position and everything else quality control is what I consider perfect ( I don't consider the laser mark in the Spydie hole a defect. I never even noticed it ...
by The Mastiff
Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:06 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Should I get: Stretch or ATR?
Replies: 21
Views: 3059

I appreciate the answers and especially the prayers :) everybody. JD, getting the Ti version would cost enough to almost buy both. Right now that's too much money. I do have a thing for ti handles as I have posted around here before. Maybe in the future. I think I'm going to go with the stretch for ...
by The Mastiff
Mon Sep 18, 2006 7:09 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Should I get: Stretch or ATR?
Replies: 21
Views: 3059

Should I get: Stretch or ATR?

There are many, many wiser and more experienced knife knuts here. I'm trying to decide between the two for a EDC/medium use right front pocket filler. Right now I like the lock back feature better than compression lock. Self defense is secondary as I carry a G27/or23/or .357 snubbie. I'm right hande...
by The Mastiff
Sun Sep 17, 2006 3:40 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Two of my favorite SS models
Replies: 18
Views: 1356

Good observation. I've collected watches for decades also. My current EDC/W is a titanium seiko Kinetic. For some reasons I have trouble carrying my expensive watches, jewlery,knives etc. I feel I'll lose them or some similar hoarding instinct. The knife collecters that smoke often collect lighters ...
by The Mastiff
Sun Sep 17, 2006 3:22 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Two of my favorite SS models
Replies: 18
Views: 1356

You have excellent taste in watches too then Steelman. I guessed you for an engineer because of the watch actually, then I remembered most engineers I know wear Casio's :) . I haven't been to Denver since I was in the army in 82 -83 or so down in Ft. Carson. I'd bet it's changed a whole bunch. Joe
by The Mastiff
Sun Sep 17, 2006 3:11 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Bg-42
Replies: 40
Views: 4559

Sal. one of these days I'm going to show up at the store in Golden with "Sal" dollars that I print up and try to pay for a new Stretch or ATR and say "All good just different" to your employees. We'll see how far that gets me. :) Joe
by The Mastiff
Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:48 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Two of my favorite SS models
Replies: 18
Views: 1356

Steelman, are you a Glesser, or at least an engineer at the plant or something? Just curious. Joe
by The Mastiff
Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:23 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: The best Spyder ever made?
Replies: 30
Views: 2930

I really couldn't pick just one of the entire history of production. The general trend is the knives are getting more refined, tested, better balanced, better materials etc. The Military getting better and better with each new model is a good example. I would have a difficult time picking the top te...
by The Mastiff
Sat Sep 16, 2006 4:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Bg-42
Replies: 40
Views: 4559

Most knife people have our peculularities just like everybody else. I really can't say BG42 is better than S30V BUT I like it better.I have my reasons and I assure you they aren't scientific. I don't buy S30 anymore. VG10 is great though but I **** sure won't tell you it's going to outperform S30 or...
by The Mastiff
Fri Sep 15, 2006 10:08 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Buck/Hartsook Neck Knife
Replies: 3
Views: 1358

I picked up one of those Buck Hartsooks. It was small, and full of a blackening agent that came off as soon as it touched anything. In no time at all there was more on me than on the metal. It is hair shaving sharp, but too small to grab or hold in an emergency. There are better neck knives. This is...
by The Mastiff
Fri Sep 15, 2006 10:02 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: My time...
Replies: 99
Views: 5699

My condolences Kristi. I too lost my mother not long ago. You and the rest of the family will be in my prayers. I think Karen has some good advice there too. Joe
by The Mastiff
Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:59 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Does Spyderco heat-treat their knives?
Replies: 17
Views: 1181

Karen, the huge industrial heat treating computer controlled furnaces are pretty expensive. Then you'd need people trained in it's use, as well as floor space etc. If you have a situation where a commercial heat treater can do it cheaper with excellent quality then it is a business decision like any...
by The Mastiff
Thu Sep 14, 2006 7:39 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: NY Skyline steel..what should Sal do?
Replies: 43
Views: 2889

Sal: We donated $40,000 to the Widows and Orphans fund for Police, Port Authority & Firefighters. Gave them the check myself. Also did it in a tough year. The cost of the model was high, much of it in the skylines (more than $100K) and boxes (another $40+K in boxes). We're proud to have done the dee...
by The Mastiff
Thu Sep 14, 2006 4:43 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Chinook CPM REX M4
Replies: 22
Views: 3038

I've never heard S30V described as soft and pliable. That would expensive, hard to heat treat properly, and some other things I could guess about. Sal, how did your experiment with 20V , or duracraft or whatever it's called work out? You tried it in a military a few years back? Sal, have you ever th...

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