Ok Mr. Mastiff, if it isn't really all its cracked up to be why do you think Strider ended up using it for a few different custom pieces? Please don't misunderstand me, I'm not a strider fan, I'm just in earnest asking why you think it made an appearance. Clearly it had to do something someone was impressed by, and somehow I don't think it was because strider wanted their knives to work glowing hot in the fires of whatever.....
I think it was all they had. Someone probably gave or sold them a small amount. At the time the knives came out it wasn't in stock anywhere I'm aware of. It still might be out of stock.
From what I hear Dwayne Dwyer is a steel Junky. It was his custom, not a strider piece though for all intents and purposes it was just a SNG with a upgraded steel and nice finish.
For some reason the high speed steels seem to make good knives just like the bearing steels do. M2, and CPM M4 are evidence of this. The M4 Spydercos are in my all time top 5 list for performance.
I'd love a mule or two in this steel if Sal could pull it off. It's very wear resistant but not all that tough.
To be honest I think there are some versions of M3, or it's beefed up brother Duratech 30 I'd like to try in a blade too. There is much unexplored territory in that class of steels. Pick just about any of them out and it will have some decent performance characteristics. Likely some reasons to not use them as well like price, heat treat, etc.
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