sal wrote:We'll watch reaction to the traditional model and if reaction is acceptable, we'll go ahead with the "NASA" version,
The "NASA" version is essentially the same pattern and handle shape (which is very comfortable to use. Chris Claycomb did a beautiful job.) But we'll use a full flat S90V blade with a hi-tech synthetic handle, most likely carbon fiber.
Naturally we can't call is a "NASA" version in production. I think NASA would not appreciate it.
Personally, I think the O-1 blade will be very nice in my book and I intended to buy one anyway. I consider O-1 to be very functional steel with good user traits - But, O1 rusts very easy and needs maintenance. Generally, I can manage just fine if I know I need to maintain it with wax, oil or similer. I own quite a few other high carbon steels prone to rust.
.... *** But, a carbon fiber handle on a high tech blade would be even better in my book.
I am sure S90V would be awesome.
Although, I am LOVING the M4 steel on my Mules a LOT!!!! (Glad I got 2!!!)
I love the edge properties of the M4 so far. One of the best I have used and not far behind S90V to me so far. But, M4 should be quite a bit tougher if I understand correctly (???). I haven't really stressed the blade much on mine yet.
From what I can tell, while M4 does seem prone to patina like A2, also like A2, it doesn't seem so prone to rust (so far ???). So, I would be great with M4 as well! - Hi-Tech and great steel, but not really stainless
I would be great with S90V though as well. I have loved the pieces I currently own and use. Definitely some of the best steel I have used for "cutting" - which is my main priority in most of my knives.
I love the Carbon Fiber handles on my T-Mags!!! So much so, that I am saving for about 4 other CF handle Spyderco models to add to my collection.
I LOVE the properties of the CF on my T-Mags. Gorgeous, light-weight and feels good in my hands. I know some of the other CF handles have various finishes. I have a hard time imagining the other finishes could be as nice as the finish on my T-Mags. (????) So, I am hoping for that type of finish on a CF Bushcraft knife.
*** You have my vote to start planning for a hi-tech Bushcraft.