Spyderco pretty much did. The etched ones hide scratches about as well as any material can. Apparently not enough people understood that, or cared.RJNC wrote:O.k., so you guys came up with a salt proof steel, how about a scratch proof stainless steel handle? I like SS handles, and they look so good when you first get them, but they scratch up so easily.
RJNC wrote:O.k., so you guys came up with a salt proof steel, how about a scratch proof stainless steel handle? I like SS handles, and they look so good when you first get them, but they scratch up so easily.
That shouldn't be a problem. Just make handles from high carbon SS like ZDP and this will be it, or use any SS + hard coating similar to coatings use on cutting tools and no scratches or at least not that much. How many people would agree to pay for this knife is different questionRJNC wrote:Yeah, I like the smooth SS though.
Titanium is really softer than steel, coating this is what makes surface hard and scratch resistant. IIRC hard coat anodizing can reach hardness over 60 HRc.npueppke wrote:This is why I prefer Titanium. Doesn't scratch quite as easily (at least it doesn't get those annoying fine scratches that show up in the sun), and the scratches that it does get seem to give it character instead of make it look like crap.
In my experience Titanium scratches just not as easy as some softer metals. Compared to Tungsten (jewelry at least) it can't hold a candle to it.npueppke wrote:This is why I prefer Titanium. Doesn't scratch quite as easily (at least it doesn't get those annoying fine scratches that show up in the sun), and the scratches that it does get seem to give it character instead of make it look like crap.
Guiltyslice22358 wrote:You and your ball lock obsession:D
They could use galvanized steel instead.npueppke wrote:The problem with steel is that you can't anodize it, lol. You would have to find some kind of a coating, but it would have to be transparent/translucent. Or use a high hardness steel, I'm sure there are grades out there which would work-what about the steel used in watch bracelets?
I don't know what watch bands are made out of, but people don't seem to complain about them. Could also be that they just don't come in contact with stuff that scratches them? I don't know.Blerv wrote:They could use galvanized steel instead.
Ultimately I think a better idea is a textured surface but as we have seen people don't dig the etching. Scratches with this are a non-issue. High hardness steels are great but often come with lower corrosion tolerances (and sometimes weight).
Good question on the watch bracelets, never thought of that! I still think there is some merit to Tungsten but the milling/working temps are very dang high. I like the rings in Tungsten but they are quite hefty compared to titanium. As mentioned with harder stainless steels I don't know if the price makes sense.
Diminishing returns for cost to benefit I guess. A few little scratches never killed anyone and in the end I guess it's a tool.
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