yablanowitz wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 20, 2021 12:34 pm
Well, those are the standard markings, anyway. Sal found out a long time ago that the Chinese will stamp lies on their blades to sell more of them. There are no "truth in labelling" laws over there. I have yet to see any of those claims verified by independent testing in a US lab.
While there are some bad companies in China making copies, counterfeits, and blades with fraudulent steel stamps; there are also reputable companies making excellent knives. Several of those companies have had their steel stamps confirmed by XRF. Lots of us have carried, used, and sharpened knives from companies like WE/Civivi, Kizer, Bestech, etc. Those companies have earned their reputations.
The issue is that these companies have radically advanced the budget market. They are using D2, 9Cr18Mov, Sandvik Steels, etc. at prices competitive with or better than the Spyderco/Byrd knives in 8Cr13Mov. Even without the best heat treatments, those steels can cut circles around 8Cr13Mov. It's not just Spyderco but also Kershaw, CRKT, and others who are seeing their Chinese-made knives fall behind.
Luckily, Spyderco is taking action. Sal has confirmed that better steel choices are being explored. I think that's a wonderful thing. Some of the 8Cr13Mov knives have been a bad deal for years now. Seeing 8Cr13Mov on a new design instantly stops me from caring and I know I'm not alone in that. Upgrading the budget line to more capable steels like 9Cr18Mov or 14C28N will make Spyderco more competitive and give Spyderco fans better performance.