Alright guys got a mystery package in the mail unexpectedly today and it was a replacement Maxamet PM2! Spyderco sent me a beautiful copy... probably the best action on a knife I've ever had and everything else about it is perfection. Yes it took a little bit and I was somewhat in the dark through the process but overall it worked out.
Along with the knife I have a letter written to me by Kate Mastriano who is Sal's assistant. In the letter she says the blade must have been from a very early batch where heat treat was suspect and that they've issued me a new Maxamet PM2.
So I'm guessing there was at most only a few blades that fell into this first batch and I wouldn't be surprised if they were never intended to go out into the consumers hand but happened to slip by on accident.
Knowing Spyderco they've gotten their HT down and they're producing proper Maxamet blades by now this one is just a fluke. Also the first runs of Maxamet PM2's and Para 3s were selling just as fast as a sprint run knife so if this was a major issue we most likely would have heard more about it by now but everyone seems to be pretty content with their copies.
For everyone doubting or worried about making the purchase I would say you've got nothing to worry about at all! They're well into production of these guys now so any bugs have been ironed out and if you come across issues Spyderco has your back.
Hello, recently I acquired a Maxamet PM2 from Blades Canada. This one is from the recent batch of Maxamet PM2's that went out to various dealers over the last few weeks... and they're popular because they've all sold out almost immediately. The copy I received is absolutely perfect fit and finish wise, or so I thought because there is something majorly wrong with it.
The issue I have is the steel is soft... like to the point I can bend the tip of the blade with my thumb. When I got the knife I took it to the sharpener to put a fresh edge on it at the angle I prefer. When sharpening it felt super soft and gummy, I also have a Maxamet Native 5 so I have sharpened the steel a few times and it felt like a completely different steel this time around. Strange but I didn't think anything of it.
So I went through my normal progression and stropped and finished with an edge that was super aggressive. I finished on 600 grit stones and a 1 micron diamond paste to give me a refined but ultra aggressive edge which seems to go really well with Maxamet from my previous experience. To finish my sharpening sessions I usually take my knives to a soft piece of pine to do some shaving... theory being if there is any burr left it'll remove it and also if I did a poor job of sharpening ill be able to tell. This is where I noticed a major problem.
After a few light downward passes on the pine taking off shavings each time I looked at the knife to inspect my edge. What I didn't expect to see was that first 1/4" of the blade was bent and warped and also the edge was all rolled and bent, and I wasn't heaving on the knife like I was trying to cut through the piece of wood I was lightly shaving the wood. This is odd, it would be odd for any steel that Spyderco deals with but especially Maxamet due to it being probably the hardest steel used on production knives currently. I doubt Maxamet even normally sets a bend... it probably would snap before bending. The ease of bending the steel is insane, like as in I was able to remove a bit of the bend by pressing on it with my thumb. So I know there is a major issue with my copy.
Has anyone else ran into this issue with the new run of Maxamet PM2's? I will give Spyderco a call Monday to let them know of whats gone on here so they can deal with it how they please but I'm writing to see if this is an issue anyone else has ran into.
With all this being said I still love Spyderco products and see this as a super rare incident, I don't want any negative discussion over the issue and would like to just share and have this be made aware so that Spyderco can nail Maxamet production because its a super cool steel but also apparently a real pain to work with.
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