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Re: Hi there ...

Postby RustyIron » Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:02 pm

FrenchBlob wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:40 am
For my 2 daily apples, I needed something a bit longer.
Welcome, Blob.
I did not know that Frenchmen ate apples, I thought you drank them. A few years ago I was I Caen, and I asked a young lady to bring me whatever local beer they drank. She informed me that they don't drink beer, they drink Calvedos. So that night I became a fan of Calvedos.

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Re: Hi there ...

Postby foofie » Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:20 pm

Welcome.
I see from your other post that you have moved on to the Watu as well. The fun is only just beginning.

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Re: Hi there ...

Postby Wartstein » Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:40 pm

FrenchBlob wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:40 am
Merci and congrats for french words :)

I have the LW Chaparral ... nice blade for EDC, a good size for me. I love this thin grind -as many seems to- and it is very comfortable in the pocket and in the hand, even in my large hands. For opening letters and boxes, everyday minor (and a bit more) cutting tasks it is perfect. But I needed something bigger. For my 2 daily apples, I needed something a bit longer. So comes the Sage5, CF version.

Wonderful knife, perfect ergos, fidgety compression lock, nice fit and finish. A good purchase, very classy, also very comfortable in the pocket and in the hand. But I am using my knives. I sell knives I don't use. So the Sage 5 goes away...
Why ? For me, the blade is a bit too short for my apples :)

It finally was for me in the same category as the Chaparral.A bit beefier, a bit larger but not filling the role I bought it for. I had the feeling it was on oversized Chap and was very happy with the Chap. In this large category, between Delica, Chaparral, Sage and PM3, there is come competition!!! A least Spyderco gives us a nice choice for those who prefer a bit beefier, lighter more classy ...

And so comes, as says DSH007, the need to buy an new knife... Maybe the Watu ... for my apples :)

I don´t have a Watu, but just looking at it and its specs, if anything is like a clearly bigger Chap - performancewise this knife could be it!
Going by the specs on the Spyderco page, this thing offers a tad more cutting edge than even a Manix, and has the reasonably thin Delica-bladestock (2.5mm) - 2.00 like the Chap would be even better imho, but 2.5 is not bad and in my experience should be more than strong enough for almost any knife task! And certainly for slicing apples... ;)

Spyderco is THE brand for sheer cutting performance and rather thin bladestocks anyway, but I still wish they´d offer more 2.5 or even 2.00 mm blades.
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Re: Hi there ...

Postby prndltech » Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:42 pm

RustyIron wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:02 pm
FrenchBlob wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:40 am
For my 2 daily apples, I needed something a bit longer.
Welcome, Blob.
I did not know that Frenchmen ate apples, I thought you drank them. A few years ago I was I Caen, and I asked a young lady to bring me whatever local beer they drank. She informed me that they don't drink beer, they drink Calvedos. So that night I became a fan of Calvedos.

Rob
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Re: Hi there ...

Postby curlyhairedboy » Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:45 pm

Welcome to the community!

You might consider the Caribbean as your next larger apple slicing knife.
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Re: Hi there ...

Postby DSH007 » Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:47 pm

FrenchBlob wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:40 am
Merci and congrats for french words :)

I have the LW Chaparral ... nice blade for EDC, a good size for me. I love this thin grind -as many seems to- and it is very comfortable in the pocket and in the hand, even in my large hands. For opening letters and boxes, everyday minor (and a bit more) cutting tasks it is perfect. But I needed something bigger. For my 2 daily apples, I needed something a bit longer. So comes the Sage5, CF version.

Wonderful knife, perfect ergos, fidgety compression lock, nice fit and finish. A good purchase, very classy, also very comfortable in the pocket and in the hand. But I am using my knives. I sell knives I don't use. So the Sage 5 goes away...
Why ? For me, the blade is a bit too short for my apples :)

It finally was for me in the same category as the Chaparral.A bit beefier, a bit larger but not filling the role I bought it for. I had the feeling it was on oversized Chap and was very happy with the Chap. In this large category, between Delica, Chaparral, Sage and PM3, there is come competition!!! A least Spyderco gives us a nice choice for those who prefer a bit beefier, lighter more classy ...

And so comes, as says DSH007, the need to buy an new knife... Maybe the Watu ... for my apples :)
The Watu is definitely a solid choice for apple-cutting! Let us know how you like it!

Hah, another thing you'll come to notice is that there are a lot of enablers here! ;)
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Postby legOFwhat? » Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:27 pm

Hello and welcome!
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Postby bearrowland » Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:40 pm

Bienvenue!
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Postby DMgangl » Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:06 pm

Welcome

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Re: Hi there ...

Postby Cambertree » Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:23 pm

Thanks for the rundown on the knives and how you use them, FB.

I always like to hear about the daily uses that people put their knives to.

The Endura is a pretty nice knife for apples and peeling and slicing fruit and veg with.

My Enduras are often tasked with camp knife food prep duty, when I’m out in the bush.

Out of curiosity, what kind of apples do you like to eat in France?

I live in south east Australia, in a place that has very rich, red volcanic soil. We have many plant nurseries and berry and fruit orchards here.

The Fuji apples are quite popular here, as well as the New Zealand Jazz apples, which were bred to be smaller and especially crisp and flavourful, for kids lunchboxes.

One of the early successful colonial industries here was apple growing, because the fruit could be exported to Britain during their winter time.

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Re: Hi there ...

Postby kennethsime » Fri Aug 28, 2020 10:40 pm

Welcome to the forums Blob!

I hope you enjoy you time on the forums.

Somewhere back in time a portion of my family were Huguenots who fled France in the 17th century. I haven't been back yet, but it sure is a beautiful country. :-)
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Re: Hi there ...

Postby Wartstein » Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:30 pm

Cambertree wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:23 pm
Thanks for the rundown on the knives and how you use them, FB.

I always like to hear about the daily uses that people put their knives to.

The Endura is a pretty nice knife for apples and peeling and slicing fruit and veg with.

My Enduras are often tasked with camp knife food prep duty, when I’m out in the bush.

Out of curiosity, what kind of apples do you like to eat in France?

I live in south east Australia, in a place that has very rich, red volcanic soil. We have many plant nurseries and berry and fruit orchards here.

The Fuji apples are quite popular here, as well as the New Zealand Jazz apples, which were bred to be smaller and especially crisp and flavourful, for kids lunchboxes.

One of the early successful colonial industries here was apple growing, because the fruit could be exported to Britain during their winter time.

I just have to second the recommendation of the Endura as a food prep knife - generally, and of course especially when hiking or in a camp (of course a dedicated kitchen knife is even better).

When hiking I´d often want to bring my Endela SE (cause I love the serrations) or my Manix 2 LW /Stretch 1 (cause I enjoy the designs), but from a practical point of view the Endura is just "better", due to its long cutting edge, and a blade that is as "slicey" as the blade of the other three models.

If food prep is a tasks you´re thinking of: Of course one has to go with the ffg Endura, not the sg.
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Re: Hi there ...

Postby FrenchBlob » Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:04 am

RustyIron wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:02 pm
So that night I became a fan of Calvedos.

Rob
Nice to hear it. I stick with eating apples. To much bad Calvados, distilled by grandfathers in their garage. At least, eating apples allows me to use my knives ;)

I particularly like Golden Delicious (!) Apples - soft ang classicand Pink Lady -more crispy, bit of acidity , cultivated north from where I live.
And Littlle Reinete for cooking, abit sour without too much sugar.

Thx for advices for my apple's "guillotine".. Exactly the knives I was "checking" : Endura ffg and Caribbean -but a bit impressed by the size of the Last. I will focus first on Watu and/or Endura, give them a try ..

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Postby Doc Dan » Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:20 am

I like the Endura and would highly recommend it. There is plenty of blade, but not too much blade.
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Re: Hi there ...

Postby FrenchBlob » Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:42 am

RustyIron wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:02 pm
So that night I became a fan of Calvedos.

Rob
Nice to hear it. I stick with eating apples. To much bad Calvados, distilled by grandfathers in their garage. At least, eating apples allows me to use my knives ;)

I particularly like Golden Delicious (!) Apples - soft ang classicand Pink Lady -more crispy, bit of acidity , cultivated north from where I live.
And Littlle Reinete for cooking, abit sour without too much sugar.

Thx for advices for my apple's "guillotine".. Exactly the knives I was "checking" : Endura ffg and Caribbean -but a bit impressed by the size of the Last. I will focus first on Watu and/or Endura, give them a try ..

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Re: Hi there ...

Postby austrian_spyder_fan » Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:17 am

FrenchBlob wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:18 am
@ austrian_spyder_fan : I am from south of France, near mediterranean sea and french riviera ... Nice area, very sunny and warm ... But my passion is more towards the mountains than the sea. Hiking, mountain views and picnic with "saucisson" (french dried sausage) cheese, bread and an apple is more my cup of tea... So my need for a slicy knife ;-)

@ warstein : really nice sun and moon version. Didn't have the chance to handle one .. but wait and see...
I only was in Paris once, but i enjoyed it.
About 2 weeks ago i bought a Centofante 3 for a very good price.
It's a gentleman folder and also a nice cutting knife whith a thin blade.

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Re: Hi there ...

Postby DutchBlades » Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:46 am

Welcome :) I hope you enjoy our community!
And I can relate to getting used to holes in knives...
At first I found it a bit odd, but it's the other way around nowadays :p

(great choices on the Chap and Sage by the way!)
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Re: Hi there ...

Postby Wartstein » Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:07 am

FrenchBlob wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:18 am
@ austrian_spyder_fan : I am from south of France, near mediterranean sea and french riviera ... Nice area, very sunny and warm ... But my passion is more towards the mountains than the sea. Hiking, mountain views and picnic with "saucisson" (french dried sausage) cheese, bread and an apple is more my cup of tea... So my need for a slicy knife ;-)

@ warstein : really nice sun and moon version. Didn't have the chance to handle one .. but wait and see...

- Man, the mountain and picnic part sounds a LOT like me! :)

- I don´t have a sun and moon Chap either yet. It just came out and is available in Europe for just a week or so yet I think.
Eventually I have to get one certainly. Though from a practical point of view I would not need too, the FRN version does everything perfectly well... but as you might have already discovered by now: This forum is not at all always only about the "practical point of view"... :D
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Re: Hi there ...

Postby FrenchBlob » Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:08 pm

RustyIron wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:02 pm
So that night I became a fan of Calvedos.

Rob
Nice to hear it. I stick with eating apples. To much bad Calvados, distilled by grandfathers in their garage. At least, eating apples allows me to use my knives ;)

I particularly like Golden Delicious (!) Apples - soft ang classicand Pink Lady -more crispy, bit of acidity , cultivated north from where I live.
And Littlle Reinete for cooking, abit sour without too much sugar.

Thx for advices for my apple's "guillotine".. Exactly the knives I was "checking" : Endura ffg and Caribbean -but a bit impressed by the size of the Last. I will focus first on Watu and/or Endura, give them a try ..

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Re: Hi there ...

Postby FrenchBlob » Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:10 pm

August this year was the month to visit Paris... Few tourists, few Parisians, sunny summer... But At the bottom of the Eiffel Tower, I forgot my Chaparral in the pocket. First checkpoint, no problem. Just checking the bagpack... I felt lucky. Bought tickets and then... Fail.... X-ray checkpoint. I try to discuss with the guard but no way. I finally hid the Chap in a woodlot and found it back 2 hours later. Lucky day in a way.... The days after I felt nude without any knife in the pocket ;)

Did anyone experienced something like that? Confiscated Opinel is one thing, but 100+$ knife in a trash bin must upset a little bit...

Otherwise Centofante seems to have a nice thin slicey blade.. But I don't really like hillow grinds :/

@Dutchblades The same for me know. I only bought first Bm thumbstuds. Now, after my first Spyderco, the hole seems more natural


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