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Z-Cut cuts

Postby Doc Dan » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:08 am

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I received my green, pointed serrated blade Z-Cut this week. I’ve used it for the last day and a half in the kitchen. I’ve cut apples, onions, a big roast, and other such things. It has done really well. The very thin, flexible, super sharp blade cuts extremely good. I was able to cut paper thin slices of onion just as a test. Because of the offset handle my knuckles stay clear of the cutting board.

I washed the knife and let it stand overnight on the towel without drying it off, just air drying. It did not even spot. sure, that’s no hardcore test, but my Spyderco K05SRD paring knife would have rusted. I’m just beginning to evaluate the BD1N steel but so far so good.

I really like this knife. I got it from knifeworks.com. Thank you Amber. I have to get a couple more.
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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby FullFlatMind » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:20 am

Awesome! Nice to see one of these in the wild. I have a couple on order as Christmas gifts. The BD1N on my Manix 2 LW has been great so I am hoping for the same with these Z-Cuts. It does seem better than BD1 for edge retention and rust resistance.

I was hoping to see the Counter Puppies get released by now for gifts as well. I think KC has them available for pre-order.

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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby JonLeBlanc » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:23 am

I gave one to my dad for Father's Day and he loves it too. It's smaller than I thought it would be (which is my bad since I could've just looked up the dimensions) but cuts effortlessly. I really like giving inexpensive Spydercos as gifts!

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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby Danvp » Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:58 pm

The Z-cuts are wonderful pieces. I have 3 different flavors. They cut very good what is to be expected due to there thin stock. One of them has some rust on the blade. Not much but it is there. Don’t know how that spot developed. I throw them in the dishwasher after use and don’t bother to rinse them after use. No mercy! :D

My wife used them to cut cardboard. Maybe a little conversation with her is needed. :eek:

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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby Doc Dan » Thu Dec 05, 2019 11:10 pm

Cardboard, huh? That thin blade should glide right through it.

I’ve been using it again, today. Still no need of sharpening.

I like the design. Very practical.
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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby Wartstein » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:17 am

JonLeBlanc wrote:
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I gave one to my dad for Father's Day and he loves it too. It's smaller than I thought it would be (which is my bad since I could've just looked up the dimensions) but cuts effortlessly. I really like giving inexpensive Spydercos as gifts!

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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby jpm2 » Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:38 pm

Our zcuts get used more than I anticipated.

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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby Doc Dan » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:53 pm

This is the way a paring knife should be. The K05 is a utility knife called a paring knife, by contrast. It’s a great design and gets used all the time. However, as a paring knife the Z Cut is better.
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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby dj moonbat » Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:06 am

Doc Dan wrote:
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Cardboard, huh? That thin blade should glide right through it.

I’ve been using it again, today. Still no need of sharpening.

I like the design. Very practical.
Yeah, this design and steel should require no babying. This is a kitchen knife that’s meant to be used the way most people use their kitchen knives: for everything.

I would say “the way most people use their small kitchen knives,” but most people don’t use their large kitchen knives. In lots of households, this would be the only kitchen knife that ever got used, and therefore the only knife in the house that ever got used.

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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby Doc Dan » Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:38 am

Yeah, same with us. I will use a large knife if needed, but my wife and others will grab these smaller knives every time.
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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby olywa » Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:19 am

Your excellent picture of the SE makes it look like it's double beveled. Is that the case?

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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby Doc Dan » Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:00 pm

olywa wrote:
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Your excellent picture of the SE makes it look like it's double beveled. Is that the case?
No, that’s just a shadow. It’s chisel ground like nearly all serrated blades.
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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby mb1 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 3:14 pm

Good to hear! My wife asked me just last night to order some of these for the family. The SE sounds like just the ticket for all my non-knife people fam. :)
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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby Doc Dan » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:30 am

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Good to hear! My wife asked me just last night to order some of these for the family. The SE sounds like just the ticket for all my non-knife people fam. :)
You won’t be disappointed.
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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby DSH007 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:18 am

A few weeks ago, I got a bunch of these to give as Christmas gifts to my family.. and of course, one for myself. I was surprised initially that they were much daintier than I was expecting. The handles are small-ish in my hand (though not uncomfortably so) and the blades so thin that they are quite flexible.. Not that there's anything wrong with that really, I was just expecting the knife to be a little beefier..

But oh man does the thing cut!! It's like a laser beam through anything it comes in contact with! I'm very impressed with it in use. It's certainly not going to replace a larger chef's knife or anything, but it's quickly become my go-to for quickly cutting up onions, tomatoes, cheese, fruits, etc. I have the PE and am already thinking that I need a SE as well..

My only gripe is that I do wish the handle was slightly larger and more hand-filling, because I do have pretty large hands. But its existing size hasn't really stopped me from using it at all, so I guess it's not that big of a deal. I would definitely recommend the z-cut, especially for the price.. just go into it knowing that it may be smaller than you're expecting..
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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby jpm2 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:17 pm

I think the specs are listed at every place that sells them. If not, here you go.

Blade Length: 4.38"
Cutting Edge: 4.29"
Handle Length: 4.37"
Overall Length: 8.71"
Blade Material: CTS BD1N Stainless Steel
Blade Thickness: 0.05"
Blade Grind: Full-Flat
Blade Finish: Satin
Handle Material: Yellow Polypropylene
Handle Thickness: 0.42"
Weight: 1.0 oz.
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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby ABX2011 » Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:25 pm

I'll be the dissenter and say that I don't like the design. I have one. It's so thin that it's as flexible as a fillet knife. But its primary grind is quite shallow so it's actually not that thin behind the edge. It's the worst of both worlds. Just a bad design.

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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby Doc Dan » Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:14 pm

I’m sorry you feel that way. We love ours. It gets a daily workout and has replaced most of the other knives we use.
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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby sal » Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:17 pm

Thanx Doc,

As the designer, I felt best to be quiet, lest I be impeached?

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Re: Z-Cut cuts

Postby z4vdBt » Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:14 am

Great gifts. Love my pointy SpyderEdge black handle, which is my go-to steak / prime rib cutter. The packaging makes for a nice sheath.

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