That might be my answer once I try it out.
I think I'm a general user and sharpener and find the general use steels a great match for myself. However, I am beginning to see the value in a wide variety of steel choices. Kudos to Spyderco for doing this!!!
I mentioned BD1N earlier in the thread (maybe I'm the other guy?). My concern is that, from what I have read (forums, Reddit, etc., so this isn't gospel or anything), Carpenter is not overly concerned with meeting the needs of the knife community. That is why Cold Steel moved from XHP to S35VN (again, I am basing this on rumor and hearsay, not from an industry source). If BD1N is as good as people say (or in my case, want to believe), could Spyderco expand its usage across several popular models? What if other companies want to use it as well?sparky2016 wrote: ↑Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:20 pmI read this to say that Sal (and the other guy) thinks BD1N is a contender as a steel that a lot of people will find to be a good general use steel in the budget price category:
From https://knifenews.com/are-we-entering-t ... de-steels/
Agreed.ugaarguy wrote: ↑Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:39 pmI think Spyderco is implicitly answered this already. In Japanese made knives VG-10 is the standard all-around steel, H1 is the high corrosion resistance steel, and ZDP-189 is the long edge retention steel. In US made models S30V is the standard all-around steel (BD1 subbed in on the Manix 2 LW and BD1N subbed in on the Para 3 LW), and S110V is the long edge retention steel. I'm hopeful that the Native 5 LW Salt is the start of all (or at least most) US models being offered in Salt variations with LC200N blades.
It seems that China will remain the home of 8Cr13MoV economy models; while Taichung will remain the home of designer collabs, and special projects (Caribbean, Sage, Chaparral). Are the semi-regular sprint runs in Rex 45 now the standard high-carbon tool steel for US models, with V-Toku and HAP 40 filling that role on Japanese models?
What are your thoughts on s35vn compared to s30v? Wasn’t it supposed to improve upon it? Personally I find it dulls a little quicker but slightly less chippy for some of my uses. I don’t have an overall preference between those two.
spyderg wrote: ↑Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:42 amWhat are your thoughts on s35vn compared to s30v? Wasn’t it supposed to improve upon it? Personally I find it dulls a little quicker but slightly less chippy for some of my uses. I don’t have an overall preference between those two.
I live away from saltwater, so extreme corrosion resistance is not a factor. Cruwear is tops for me! Stainless enough against my sweat, sharpens easy and holds an edge seemingly forever and not at all chippy. Never had a rolled edge either.