The Meat man wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:39 am
Yes, I appreciate H-1 for what it is, but my experiences with it seem to contradict the mainstream consensus regarding edge performance.
Yeah I really enjoy H1 as well. If not for the advocates on this forum, I probably would never have looked into it.
For me it sits in the ‘toolbox’ of steels for specific applications, but I don’t think I’d carry it as a general EDC.
The Gin-1, VG10, CTS-BD1N and 52100 serrations I’ve tried, seem to be run at an adequate hardness level to minimise that micro rolling of the edge which I sometimes get from H1.
I was reminded of what a brilliant design SE edges are to maximise edge retention and performance out of steels that sit towards the lower end of the bladesteel wear resistance spectrum, the other day.
I ordered a SE Salt Dragonfly at a friend’s request, who normally uses a G10 Dragonfly.
As soon as I dropped it over to her place, she looked over the knife, then went straight out to the yard, to trim and prune some trees and bushes. She really cut a lot of both green, and dry woody, fibrous material to put it through its paces.
Afterwards, I felt sure that the knife would be very dull. When I examined it, I was shocked to feel that the inner curve of the large scallops were still sticky sharp, instantly ‘grabbing’ fingertip skin on contact.
When I looked closer, I realised that it was only the tips of the teeth that were dull and reflecting light, and because of the penetrating pressure of those points, the dullness actually had very little bearing on the efficency of the cut, when doing normal yard work.
Very clever design.