Favorite Military Steel

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What is your favorite rendition of the C36 Military in terms of the steel?

Poll ended at Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:56 pm

ATS-34
1
1%
CPM 440V
5
6%
S30V
12
15%
BG-42
5
6%
CPM-D2
2
2%
CPM-S90V
15
18%
CPM-M4
9
11%
CTS-XHP
0
No votes
M390
18
22%
Cru-Wear
15
18%
 
Total votes: 82

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Postby Cheddarnut » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:05 pm

Bg42 because i like the song rock lobster by tbe b-52s, a band which bg42 reminds me of.
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Postby chuck_roxas45 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:13 pm

Cheddarnut wrote:Bg42 because i like the song rock lobster by tbe b-52s, a band which bg42 reminds me of.
My favorite from them is Love Shack hehehe

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I got me a Chrysler, it (Love getaway) seats about 20
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Postby Surfingringo » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:18 pm

Tough call as I'd be happy with any. My vote isn't worth too much because there are a few in there I haven't even tried, but whatever. I went with s30v. Yeah, I know that's boring because it's the standard steel but I find s30v to be a great balance between wear resistance and sharpenability. (That's what I'm calling it whether it's a real word or not)

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Postby Evil D » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:29 pm

As I said in another unrelated post, the only thing wrong with s30v is that it isn't s110v lol. Really it's a great steel though, does exactly what you ask of it and I agree it's a great all around do it all steel. My thoughts on this topic is that I don't really need a ton of toughness in a blade of this style, so I opt for the highest wear resistance and best slicing steel I can get. If this topic were about the Tuff or Bushcraft etc my answer would definitely be different. I go with the steel I think suits the knife and its best application. To me it doesn't make sense to use a high toughness steel in a blade that leans more towards slicing, but I guess that may just say something about my personal uses. I would use a Tuff in very different ways than I would a Military.
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Postby paladin » Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:51 pm

...you made some very solid points David...

...but there's only one good way to investigate their validity...

...now if we only had an s110v Military for field testing... ;)
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Postby Surfingringo » Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:10 pm

I'd rather have more m4 Millie's before s90v or s110v but I'm probably in the minority on that. I want more m4 ANYTHING!

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Postby Cheddarnut » Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:38 pm

Cpm M40v
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Postby PMBohol » Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:57 pm

Ease of sharpening is important for this knife in particular. While I don't own a Military, I do have it's younger brother the PM2. S30v is no slouch of a steel but I voted for M4 based on toughness and ease of sharpening.

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Postby Joshua J. » Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:07 pm

BG-42. It's a classic, just like the Mili.

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Postby DM11 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:52 pm

Surfingringo wrote:I'd rather have more m4 Millie's before s90v or s110v but I'm probably in the minority on that. I want more m4 ANYTHING!


So would I!
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Postby Philo Beddoe » Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:52 am

paladin wrote:I think you might have something there...

Only way to remedy the "problem" that I can see is to convince Sal to commit to a LARGE sprint run of M390 Millies...

C'mon Sal do it in the name of science...we gotta even the odds to get an authentic sampling...ain't that right Cliff?
Why M390? Its already been done on the Millie platform..

Why not move up rather than sideways?

IMO a K294/K390 or 10V/15V Millie would be the way to go..even though it would be several years out but maybe someday well see a Maxamet Millie..

A S110V millie would be nice to but in day to day use I can't hardly tell any difference between S90V and S110V..

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Postby paladin » Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:33 am

Philo Beddoe wrote:Why M390? Its already been done on the Millie platform..

Why not move up rather than sideways?

IMO a K294/K390 or 10V/15V Millie would be the way to go..even though it would be several years out but maybe someday well see a Maxamet Millie..

A S110V millie would be nice to but in day to day use I can't hardly tell any difference between S90V and S110V..
I am with you, brother...

Onward & Upward...

But back to the poll / thread...What's your favorite EXITSTING incarnation of the Millie in terms of the steel?
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Postby bh49 » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:15 am

After reading the thread I change my mind and will vote for M390. This is the only Military in my possession, which I consider to use, if I ever need, which is not a bad reason, considering all other reasons above
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Postby JNewell » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:22 am

bh49 wrote:After reading the thread I change my mind and will vote for M390. This is the only Military in my possession, which I consider to use, if I ever need, which is not a bad reason, considering all other reasons above
To me, it was close: S90V, M390, M4. I was also sentimentally tempted to vote for 440V/S60V, since I've got a full Spyderedge Military with that. Since I don't have a PE version, though, it's hard to really compare.

I voted S90V, but my favorite Military is M390, so maybe that says something about how I should have voted? :rolleyes:

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Postby PayneTrain » Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:39 pm

Liquid Cobra wrote:Cruwear is the only military I own. It got my vote.
Likewise.

I wouldn't mind trying out another steel in the Military, but I doubt I ever will. Cruwear has performed very well for me and this knife is definitely in my top 3.

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Postby Evil D » Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:46 pm

Surfingringo wrote:I'd rather have more m4 Millie's before s90v or s110v but I'm probably in the minority on that. I want more m4 ANYTHING!
I wouldn't say more than 110 but I would definitely be happy to see a production M4 Military.
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Postby ChapmanPreferred » Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:51 pm

S90V by far with my current stable of Military model steels.
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Postby JNewell » Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:58 pm

PayneTrain wrote:Likewise.

I wouldn't mind trying out another steel in the Military, but I doubt I ever will. Cruwear has performed very well for me and this knife is definitely in my top 3.
Really, the S30V blades are very, very strong performers. They suffer only when compared to real super-alloys. But just about any Military would be in my top three.

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Postby bh49 » Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:33 pm

JNewell wrote:To me, it was close: S90V, M390, M4. I was also sentimentally tempted to vote for 440V/S60V, since I've got a full Spyderedge Military with that. Since I don't have a PE version, though, it's hard to really compare.

I voted S90V, but my favorite Military is M390, so maybe that says something about how I should have voted? :rolleyes:
I hope that I am not hurting your feelings, but this is funny :D
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Postby xceptnl » Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:48 pm

I am surprised at the results up to this point. I think the recent release of the Cruwear in conjunction with the current frequent users could attribute to it being #1. The results also surprise me with M390 currently in second ahead of even S90V and M4. Furthermore, it blows me away to see BG-42 (my current favorite) and 440V (my #3) holding a respectable percentage of the vote. The most shocking of the data present above is how the D2 and XHP Militarys are both without a single vote. These were very popular sprints, however this could have been attributed to the "Sprint Factor" and it's rarity that demand the high prices on the secondary market. Is anyone else surprised by this data? Obviously letting this poll go for a month could reveal significantly different results. Great Poll and Thread paladin.
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