Today was the first day playing with my new Maxamet blade, so I wanted to see what it could do. Of course I did the usual slicing up rags and opening bags of grain, but that's just boring stuff.
The first test was cutting out main bearing shims for the 1926 engine. I made the shims out of cardboard, and backed it up with pine. There were some curves, holes, and details, so I used the point a lot. Next I wanted a piece of aluminum to be cut from a beer can. I stabbed the beer can and just push cut the rectangle that I needed. A blade needs to be sharp to push cut beer can material. Lastly, a buddy had a gib key that didn't fit right, so I made him a shim out of the same beer can. This time the dimensions had to be very close, so I used the tip to cut the aluminum while it was backed up on pine.
And then came the most important job of the day: slicing the banana creme pie. The cuts through the pie were straight and well defined, just like you'd expect from a top-shelf knife.
Upon returning home, I examined the edge. Of course it's not as keen as when I left the house this morning, but it's still sharper than the knives residing in most guys pockets. It doesn't slice through thin magazine paper like it did before. Under magnification, I can see no damage. Initially, I thought there was wear at the very tip, but after thinking about it, I think it's smeared aluminum that I'm seeing.
After tomorrow, I'll touch up the edge, start carrying the knife every day, and probably start using it for more sensible tasks.