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Knife Birthday Present

Postby Kuratar » Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:18 am

My father's birthday is coming up soon and I want to get him a knife as a birthday present. I would prefer a hard use knife for my father because he is a construction worker so I was planning on getting the paramilitary 2. On blade hq, they have a S35VN and 52100 version while knifecenter has a cruwear exclusive. My question is that which steel is best for hard use and if there are better knives/steels for hard use I would like to consider them in the equation. Thanks!

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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby husq2100 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:25 am

IMO the PM2 is a great choice. Im bais though as I love them. I also think the S35V is great bang for buck steel and punches above its weight. Im not saying it is necessarily better than the 52100 or Cru-Wear. Its Brown G10 will set it a little apart from the black of many others. But definitely wait for others (more knowledgable than me) to chime in. The smooth G10 on the Cru-Wear is nice also.

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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby Robbob » Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:31 am

One thing to keep in mind is maintenance requirements. 52100 is going to be very prone to corrosion whereas S35VN is much easier to care for.

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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby sal » Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:00 am

Hi Kuratar,

Welcome to our forum..

I would suggest S35VN. Less maintenance than 52100 or Cruwear.

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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby Bloke » Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:23 am

What Mr Glesser said. Particularly for a construction worker and if you’re dad isn’t a knife knut. :)
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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby husq2100 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:16 am

Oh and to add, its an old knife tradition to give a coin with the knife. Your father gives you the coin back in return as to symbolise "buying" the knife from you, as a gifted knife can "cut" the relationship.

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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby Eli Chaps » Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:02 am

Bright orange or blue Endura in VG10. Tough, rugged, big, won't break the bank if it gets damaged or stolen and easily identifiable.

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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby dj moonbat » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:03 am

I'd say if you're going PM2, and you're already thinking of getting one of the non-standard steels, give the S110V a look. It's not that much more than the s35vn version, and that steel is going to provide a noticeable boost in wear resistance vs. just about anything.

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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby The Meat man » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:24 am

Kuratar wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:18 am
My father's birthday is coming up soon and I want to get him a knife as a birthday present. I would prefer a hard use knife for my father because he is a construction worker so I was planning on getting the paramilitary 2. On blade hq, they have a S35VN and 52100 version while knifecenter has a cruwear exclusive. My question is that which steel is best for hard use and if there are better knives/steels for hard use I would like to consider them in the equation. Thanks!
Of those three choices, I'd go with the S35VN.

Question: how much of a "knife guy" is your father? What kind of sharpener/sharpening skills does he have?
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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby legOFwhat? » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:29 am

dj moonbat wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:03 am
I'd say if you're going PM2, and you're already thinking of getting one of the non-standard steels, give the S110V a look. It's not that much more than the s35vn version, and that steel is going to provide a noticeable boost in wear resistance vs. just about anything.
+1. I have no hesitation using this knife for whatever comes up!
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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby Doc Dan » Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:15 am

HOWEVER, there is the knifeworks.com exclusive hard use Manix 2 in 52100 with DLC coating. That would be tough, easy to sharpen, and have good corrosion resistance (DLC).
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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby Kuratar » Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:31 pm

The Meat man wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:24 am
Kuratar wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:18 am
My father's birthday is coming up soon and I want to get him a knife as a birthday present. I would prefer a hard use knife for my father because he is a construction worker so I was planning on getting the paramilitary 2. On blade hq, they have a S35VN and 52100 version while knifecenter has a cruwear exclusive. My question is that which steel is best for hard use and if there are better knives/steels for hard use I would like to consider them in the equation. Thanks!
Of those three choices, I'd go with the S35VN.

Question: how much of a "knife guy" is your father? What kind of sharpener/sharpening skills does he have?
He's not really a knife guy but he's curious about them when I buy a new knife. His sharpening skills are mostly with kitchen knives if that is enough information with you.

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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby brainfriction » Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:01 pm

The standard s30v is good too. All around good performance, and I like the fact that it's easy to sharpen.

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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby Sumdumguy » Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:34 pm

Carribean Leaf PE.

I am a fellow worker in the construction field and I carry this knife daily. It has been impervious to any sort of neglect and takes a razor sharp edge very easily and holds it quite well.

You can get one on ebay right now quite cheaply with an offer and the 15% coupon.

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Re: Knife Birthday Present

Postby embry386 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:03 pm

Eli Chaps wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:02 am
Bright orange or blue Endura in VG10. Tough, rugged, big, won't break the bank if it gets damaged or stolen and easily identifiable.
Orange Endura would be great, there's a very comfortable handle on those, good for using for long periods of time. I don't personally like the PM2 much and don't own one because the handle has sharper angles which can get uncomfortable, especially with lots of hard use I'm guessing. But maybe that's just the way my hand fits the PM2, everyone else who has larger hands seems to love their PM2 a lot, so... *shrug*

If you go with the PM2, and your father isn't a knife nut who will carefully clean his knives every night, then get it in a steel that doesn't rust easily. S35VN is significantly tougher than S30V, and much more stainless than the other options you talked about; it's a good choice.


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