Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby gundamaniac » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:17 pm

Liquid Cobra wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:29 pm
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Gorgeous photo. Where is that?

Re: finger eating flipper: I typically pushbutton my flippers if possible (habit from owning a lot of flippers with so-so action, pushbuttoning practically guarantees a successful opening for me). But with the final lock placement where it is, I lightswitch the Amalgam. For me, pushbuttoning the Amalgam results in the painful jabbed index finger pads you're describing, but lightswitching works just fine (or maybe I'm just used to it now haha).

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby Liquid Cobra » Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:42 pm

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Gorgeous photo. Where is that?
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby curlyhairedboy » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:29 am

gundamaniac wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:17 pm
Liquid Cobra wrote:
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:29 pm
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I can’t stop carrying this knife. It’s just too fun.
Gorgeous photo. Where is that?

Re: finger eating flipper: I typically pushbutton my flippers if possible (habit from owning a lot of flippers with so-so action, pushbuttoning practically guarantees a successful opening for me). But with the final lock placement where it is, I lightswitch the Amalgam. For me, pushbuttoning the Amalgam results in the painful jabbed index finger pads you're describing, but lightswitching works just fine (or maybe I'm just used to it now haha).
I'd say that reliable lightswitch action is the sweet spot that I aim for when doing detent tuning. :)
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby gundamaniac » Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:56 pm

I'm agree that the sweet spot is a nice lightswitchable flipper. My tendency to pushbutton flippers when possible was really to make up for shortcomings, whether it was an overly light detent or stiff pivot or too light of a blade. A flipper had to have pretty bad action for me to need a wrist flick. So I'm pretty happy with the way the Amalgam is easily lightswitchable without wrist as long as it's flipped with any kind of authority (a couple of my friends and family can misfire almost any flipper I hand them because they always only apply juuuuust enough strength to break the detent, or, in the case of my 7777, if the detent is too strong then they can't open it at all :p).

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby curlyhairedboy » Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:40 pm

I've also noticed "finger creep" which might be my body's reaction to using flippers for quite some time now.

A flipper detent that seems "just right" to my right index finger seems monstrously strong when flipped with any other finger on that hand. It even feels a little strong to my left index finger

I'm not sure whether my other fingers are weaker and not used to pressing things individually, or if index fingers are stronger in general...

I always have to remember that detent is only part of the flipping action equation, and the other portion is the physiological "springs" of our finger tendons.
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby spyderg » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:21 pm

So I’m typically the guy asking for a stronger detent. I was thrilled with my Cruwear PM2 having twice the detent strength of my older black coated s30v version. The main reason I don’t carry my Gayle Bradley often is a weak detent. But my most recent Spydies have been the Rhino and the Amalgam. Both have somewhat light detents, but near perfect action. Neither blade comes out when I don’t want. It takes a good shake or wrist snap to pop either out. I have nitpicks on pretty much every knife but at the same time can appreciate a good build, and imo the Amalgam is a great knife. Nitpicks maybe but no complaints, even about the detent.
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby Reference_Sensor » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:08 am

I've been wanting a bigger Spyderco for some time, but was never able to find one that really "spoke" to me, until now. Just placed an order for an Amalgam, and can't wait to get my hands on it. I'm currently working in Afghanistan, and I've bought a new Spyderco prior to every deployment for the last 16 years. This one is a departure from my usual, the old reliable Endura, but I have high hopes for it. This place is hard on equipment, and I'm eager to see how the Amalgam stands up to use in the harsh, dusty and sometimes dangerous environment of this mountainous region.
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby gundamaniac » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:36 am

Thanks Reference_Sensor! Definitely let me know how you like it when you get it in hand, and keep us posted on how it holds up in your work =). I'm curious how the bearing pivot will do with dust and sand.

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby curlyhairedboy » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:47 am

I can say with a high degree of confidence that the Amalgam is very well built after some 'out there' usage last weekend.
EDC Rotation: PITS, Shaman, CF S90v Shaman, Ikuchi, Amalgam, CruCarta Shaman, Lil Native, Sage 5 LW
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby Reference_Sensor » Thu May 23, 2019 6:43 am

The Amalgam is holding up quite well so far. Spring has sprung in Afghanistan, and the roses they grow here are in full bloom!
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby Drmnez » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:33 am

does anyone know of where I can get some black g10 scales for this bad boy? All my other SpyderCo's I rotate through have those scales and I want my amalgam to match

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby ferider » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:09 am

wrong thread.

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby gundamaniac » Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:41 pm

Yesterday, I had access to a Rockwell hardness tester, so of course I took apart the Amalgam I had on me to try it out. I was pleased to see a reading just over 61 HRC on my sample. Woo! 😛
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I didn't take a reading just behind the edge because my understanding is that the sample being tested should be mounted perpendicular to the indenter, and I didn't have an appropriate anvil that would allow me to mount the blade so that the flat grind would be properly perpendicular to the indenter.

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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby curlyhairedboy » Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:19 pm

Nice! Consistent hardness is one of the big reasons why I'm a fan of spyderco's s30v. It's dependable!
EDC Rotation: PITS, Shaman, CF S90v Shaman, Ikuchi, Amalgam, CruCarta Shaman, Lil Native, Sage 5 LW
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Re: Let's get hyped for the Amalgam!

Postby elena86 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:26 pm

gundamaniac wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:41 pm
Yesterday, I had access to a Rockwell hardness tester, so of course I took apart the Amalgam I had on me to try it out. I was pleased to see a reading just over 61 HRC on my sample. Woo! 😛

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I didn't take a reading just behind the edge because my understanding is that the sample being tested should be mounted perpendicular to the indenter, and I didn't have an appropriate anvil that would allow me to mount the blade so that the flat grind would be properly perpendicular to the indenter.

Nice ! Hey Brian could you measure the thickness behind the edge... I am quite confused ...
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