steelcity16 wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:17 pm
Vivi wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:47 pm
BD1 is a highly stainless steel. I've used it from several brands and I've found it at least on par with VG10. It is absolutely not a tool steel and shouldn't patina under normal use. Like VG10, what corrosion it does get will be pin prick rust circles that wipe off with a damp towel.
Personally I think a BD1 entry level model makes a lot of sense for models bound to receive a lot of sprints
. Most average knife users will find the lower price and easier sharpening of BD1 appealing VS S30V. Most knife buyers aren't AFI's that turn their nose up at well balanced budget stainless steels like BD1, VG10 and 440C.
I am not sure I agree that this model is bound to receive A LOT of sprints. A lot of retailers are hesitant to do Military Exclusives because of slow sales due to price and size/blade length. The last CTS-204P Military is held in high regard, but that exclusive sat around for over a year I believe. I don't know if adding a comp lock will do enough to drastically change long terms sales to where lots of sprints/exclusives will happen. I can see a few out of the gate while the hype is still strong though. On a similar note, I am curious as to if anyone has commissioned a Native Chief exclusive? Or if we will ever see a Police LW exclusive? Large blades don't get much love as you know with your yearly heartache over no new Manix XL exclusives!
Have you carried BD1 and Cruwear enough to opine on their corrosion resistance to your acid rain sweat??
I will say that my Cruwear Delica has shown more re-activeness than any of my Golden Cruwear, so I am wondering if a different heat treat was used in Seki?
Heat treats can make some difference here. Nathan Carothers uses the "Delta" heat treat on this 3V fixed blades that improves corrosion resistance vs the standard heat treated 3V.
"The blade is made of 3/16" 3V with a heat treat that has been optimized to maximize edge stability in rough use. Despite being relatively thin it is durable. You can baton with it. You might damage the fine edge if you set your mind to it, but the knife itself is practically unbreakable.
A side effect of this heat treat is a higher percentage of free chromium, so although it is not stainless, it is nearly so." - Nathan
A Delta 3V Military sounds pretty awesome to me. I would love to see Sal collaborate with Nathan on a project to use his 3V in a model like this.
Yep! BD1 is hands down my favorite budget stainless. Very corrosion resistant, edge holding about the same as VG10, and its one of the easiest steels to sharpen to hair whittling sharpness. I have it from a few companies and have even chopped and batoned with it.
Cruwear impressed me with its sharpening response, but nothing else stood out to me to be honest. It readily corroded for me, pretty much any other carbon steel matches or exceeds its toughness on paper and in use, and the edge holding wasn't anything crazy. I've gotten better results across the board from 61rc A2, which is cheaper to boot. I've never been on board the cruwear bandwagon.
I agree with your comments about sprints and long blades.