Elmax and M390 ?

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JoeKansas
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Elmax and M390 ?

Postby JoeKansas » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:47 am

I saw that the sprint run of the squeak will have Elmax steel. I have no experience with Elmax or M390. From my EDC experience I personally rank : 1. ZDP189 2. S30V and tied for 3. VG10 and N690Co. Based on these rankings ,where would you place Elmax and M390 ? Thanks in advance for your help. Joe.

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Re: Elmax and M390 ?

Postby JoeKansas » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:49 am

oops...wrong spot.

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Re: Elmax and M390 ?

Postby paladin » Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:14 pm

JoeKansas wrote:oops...wrong spot.
Dang, I was really hoping for an announcement about an m390 Crow here... :p

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Re: Elmax and M390 ?

Postby TomAiello » Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:32 am

I like Elmax slightly better than s30v. I like M390 quite a lot better than either of them.

Elmax sharpens up "better" (meaning a more screamingly sharp edge) than s30v for me, and holds it's working edge about the same. I also find it easier to touch up than s30v.

I actually like ZDP better than anything else for "surgically sharp" small knives (the Dragonfly in ZDP is fantastic for this), but I find I have trouble keeping them "working sharp" for general purpose use, and re-sharpening them when they dull is harder for me.

For a small precise knife, my favorite of the steels you listed is ZDP. For a general purpose knife, my favorite is m390.

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Re: Elmax and M390 ?

Postby sal » Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:51 am

Hi Mithandabag,

Welcome to our forum.

I would suggest that you post these thoughts on the Spyderco general forum. This sub forum is for the byrd brand.

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