Bill1170 wrote:I voted maybe because a LC200N Military would excite me more, but AEB-L processed correctly has a powerful reputation for edge stability and the related property of high attainable sharpness.
Edge stability in what type of media and at what hardness with what type of heat treatment and what type of geometry? These are all questions that need to be asked when speaking of edge stability, edge holding, edge retention, or however you want to phrase "a sharp knife."
Cliff is a very technical guy and when speaking of what he likes it's usually a very low edge bevel angle. When you kick it up to 15 dps a lot of what he says goes out the window and is actually incorrect a lot of times if you apply his thinking to edges outside of his normal parameters. He doesn't mention that very often but sometimes he does, that's why he suggested Maxamet which is quite different than AEBL. He prefaced the suggestion with the different uses at different angles and he's right in that regard. People usually just skip over that last part and go right to saying low alloy steels stay sharp longer which doesn't make sense at all if applied to all knives. It makes sense when you define the use and geometry that best matches the need for low angle bevel grinds. Outside of those parameters it doesn't make sense at all.
I think a lot of people will be underwhelmed with the offering unless they recognize it'll only show its true colors if left at a zero grind or really shallow secondary bevel. Unless all they want is easy sharpening, but spyderco offers a lot of those easy sharpening steels already in various platforms that offer some level of corrosion resistance and better "edge holding" at angles greater than 15 dps.
Don't let the tail wag the dog. Understand what's being suggested and why. If it fits, then use it. If not, then don't. I wouldn't ever suggest S110V for a zero grind over AEBL and I wouldn't suggest AEBL over S110V over a knife where you'll probably be using 15 dps or more.
Here's hoping to a unique sprint run military that's a full or nearly full flat zero grind at fairly high hardness and with the spyderco bug on the flats so the blade can be resharpened like a true zero ground. The entire blade rather than just a secondary bevel. That would be really unique and, IMO, cool enough to set it up as a successful sprint run for knife afi's.
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