So those of you that are unhappy with H1's plain edged performance, have you tried an aggressive reprofiling like in this photo?
That was the original intention of this thread, observing changes in H1 performance from factory edge to a thinner after market edge
I feel like that focus is being lost.
I know many folks aren't happy with the out of box performance of the steel. In fact I'm one of those people.
I'm curious about how people feel after grinding off the factory bevel completely and replacing it with a thinner one. All of my H1 PE knives showed dramatic improvement in edge holding, sharpness and ease of sharpening after doing so. I was hoping others could share their experience after having done the same, rather than sharing their experiences with the factory edge profiles.
I was not happy with my Ark's blade from the factory. It didn't get as sharp as my other H1 knives and it didn't hold an edge well. After working on the edge some its able to whittle free hanging hairs and the edge holding has showed dramatic improvement. I've been testing it out on cardboard boxes and its vastly superior to how it performed for me when new.
Other steels for me cut better after reprofiling the blade, as in it requires less lbs of force to cut through thick materials. But they sharpen up just fine and show the same level of edge retention more or less with the factory edge VS my thinner edge. H1 seems unique in that sharpness and edge holding improve after reprofiling, which is not something I have noticed with any other steel I have tried.
(VG10, S30V, S60V, S90V, BG42, CPMD2, D2, 1095, 440C, 8Cr13MoV, cts204p, 154CM, Ti, ATS55, 12C27, S7 and a few others I'm sure I'm forgetting)
On a side note, my love for H1 came from my ability to rust out any other steel on the market within a day. When I bought my first Pacific Salt I was working an outdoor manual labor job in the middle of the summer. My sweat would cause corrosion on any knife I tried, and I needed a knife with me for my job. Even stainless steels known for excellent corrosion resistance such as VG10 and the 420 series would have rust spots after a single shift. For my uses lack of edge holding is easier to compensate for than lack of corrosion resistance. A single 3"x5" sheet of 1000 grit sandpaper in my wallet means my knife will never go dull in the field, but countering the effects of 10 hours exposure to sweat is more difficult for me to remedy. Its less work for me to touch up an edge (Especially something easy to sharpen like H1) than it is to take apart a knife and polish rust off the steel liners, backspacer etc., like I've done with my Police 3 numerous times.