DrtyHarry wrote:So the 52100 Military will be a nicer blade than the S110V? Would someone mind explaining the pros and cons? I have been waiting for the S110V Millie to come out for a while, I just now read about this 52100. Why would I rather get the 52100 over the S110V? Is the 52100 a sprint run? Pros and cons between the two? I have the S110V PM2 and I totally LOVE it....why will I like the 52100 model better? THANKS!!
They're kind of on opposite ends of the steel spectrum, so they're going to behave very different from each other. That's not bad, and as Sal has said "all good, just different".
Saying one is better than the other will be completely subjective. However, depending on the intended use and what you what the steel to do really well, you will definitely like one more than the other.
I'm not up to par with some of the steel nuts around here, but my basic understanding is something like this:
S110V = What you want if you want your knife to hold a working edge practically forever. The initial high sharpness will fairly quickly settle into a working edge that seems to last almost indefinitely depending on what you cut. Stainless steel with excellent corrosion resistance.
52100 = Able to achieve a higher initial sharpness due to being able to take a thinner, finer, higher polish edge. That high level of sharpness will last longer than S110V, but won't have the long lasting edge retention of S110V. Very poor corrosion resistance since it isn't a carbon steel. It will definitely rust if given the chance, but if you like the look of a patina, these kinds of steels are a lot of fun to play with.
Personally, I will likely own both in the long run, but I'm buying the 52100 first because it's a sprint run and the S110V will be standard production, and so the window of opportunity won't be open forever for the 52100. S110V is (so far) my favorite steel, but I do also really like simple carbon steels so I'm really excited about 52100.
Now, admittedly, I know very little about 52100 so if any of that is wrong or anyone wants to add to it, be my guest as I'd like to hear more myself. I've read most of the threads I can find on it already.