Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

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Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby foofie » Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:38 am

Let me start by saying that I have no problems with the Chaparral and XHP- just always wishing for more :D

In the past, the Sage series was to explore different locks. The Chaparral was to explore different handle materials. Both lines kept the same blade steel (except the first gen Chaparral in s30v).

Now, in the new reveal, we see the Sage1 coming with Maxamet. If the Sage can now change both lock type and steel - I think that means the Chaparral could change both scale material and steel? :eek:

Past Taichung steels include CTS-204P. Current steel includes 20CV, s90v and fan favorite LC200N.

Any interest? I would love a micarta Chaparral - probably better paired with 20CV or s90V. Using the frn mold, I can imagine an LC200N model being very popular as well.

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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby steelcity16 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:46 am

I've been hoping for a Cru-carta Chap and an LC200N Chap LW Salt for a long time now.
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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby Dazen » Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:28 pm

I would love to see any of the steels you have mentioned, but in my gut I would think AEB-L would make the Chaparral a pocket scalpel!

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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby Holland » Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:31 pm

I could go for an M4 chaparral
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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby Wartstein » Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:37 pm

I am perfectly fine with XHP (actually really like it!).

That said: I think the Chap is the perfect small knife and by that almost can´t get enough variants!
And more steel choices would get more people to try this amazing design.
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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby Albatross » Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:41 pm

I've been asking for a green canvas micarta and K390 Chapparal... something tells me it will happen, because how can we have a Maxamet Sage 1 (soon), but no K390 Chaparral? I wouldn't be mad about S90V and linen micarta...
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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby ABX2011 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:43 pm

Ultra premium steel Chaparral would be cool but the FRN Chap is not for me.

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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby JRinFL » Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:27 pm

Nyet! XHP is fine.
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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby JMM » Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:33 pm

There are a number of models that'd I'd love to see different steels in, but in all honesty, the Chaparral isn't one of them. XHP is an excellent steel, and easy to get wicked sharp. I would leave well enough alone... if they made a version with Micarta I would absolutely buy one in a second, I'm going to pick up the new Birdseye Maple version for sure.

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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby joe58 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:35 pm

Only thing I wouldn’t care for would be the likely upgrade in pricing to go along with upgraded steel. I’m not sure there would be that noticeable of performance difference between XHP and a “better” steel in real world use. Since the chaparral is a fairly light duty model anyways.

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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby samdasnake » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:12 pm

I love the Chap in XHP. XHP is probably one of my favorite steels. I personally don’t see a lot of benefit in an “upgraded” Chap steel, but if it gets more people interested, who am I to say?

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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby ladybug93 » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:16 pm

i love xhp and originally scoffed at the title of this thread, but i like salts even more. taichung already has lc200n... a lw chaparral salt would easily replace my df2 salt as my favorite small knife (aside from a ladybug of course).

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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby samdasnake » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:21 pm

ladybug93 wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:16 pm
i love xhp and originally scoffed at the title of this thread, but i like salts even more. taichung already has lc200n... a lw chaparral salt would easily replace my df2 salt as my favorite small knife (aside from a ladybug of course).
Yeah now that you mention it a Chap LW Salt would be pretty amazing. Thanks for making me rethink my views :)

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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby araneae » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:33 pm

Xhp gets the job done and doesn't leave me wanting.
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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby Sharp Guy » Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:48 pm

I'll jump on the happy with XHP bandwagon! No need for different steel as far as I'm concerned
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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby foofie » Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:04 pm

Hmm. I guess I will hope more for some micarta scales rather than steel upgrade. I agree that for 2mm slicer, XHP is more than adequate.
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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby Halfneck » Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:25 pm

Perfectly fine with CTS-XHP as it is one of my favorite steels.

That said AEB-L would be another great option.

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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby Nate » Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:40 pm

I'll buy a micarta Chap in virtually any steel. Might cave on the maple in the interim, looks very nice.
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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby Wartstein » Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:47 am

Said it above: I personally am more than happy with XHP and don´t need a version in another steel at all.

But I guess this is also about which models generally "deserve" to get more variants, be it concerning steel, colors, SE / CE / PE versions or whatever.

Now the Chap for me really is pretty unique even in Spydercos very diverse lineup, especially due to its reasonably (but even for Spyderco uniquely ) thin ffg blade, that contributes a lot to its great cutting performance , but also due to its overall thinness while still offering great ergos and an amazingly solid construction.

Now if you look how many variants other models get that are more "mainstream" (NOT meant negatively, but just in the sense that there are in fact many options in the 3mm to 3.7mm bladestock out there anyway!!), I´d think that it could not hurt if a rather unique model like the Chap got some more variants too. So people who just happen to prefer other steels or even more so who´d like to experiment with different steels in this uniquely thin blade stock could try the Chap too....
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Re: Hope for a Chaparral with upgraded steel?

Postby Abyss_Fish » Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:14 am

I think a lot of steels and handles are gonna sweep both the chap and the sage. There's been a lot of variations in the last few reveals, and if the attention the leaf blade taichungs are getting is a sign of any kind, then I think we can expect they'll continue to get more options as time goes on.

The sage and the chap are here top stay, I can only hope this means we'll get a sage 2 in something other than s30v, because MAN I love the shape of that thing. Faded blue anno and m390 perhaps? I can dream...
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