Evil D wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:37 am
I think LC200N is THE best all around EDC steel. I find that it grinds and sharpens easier than VG10 and takes a fantastic edge with minimal effort.
Most people may not need all out rust proof steels
but it does make for the lowest maintenance knife you could ask for. I don't have to worry about my knife as much as I do with other steels, it goes wherever I go and can handle cutting even things that I shouldn't be cutting.
There's something about steels like LC and H1 that I think a lot of people underestimate or just don't even consider, and that's the willingness to actually use your knife. It's easy to get caught up in the sprint craze and those steels are definitely fun, but I've also found myself somewhat reluctant to really use those knives the way I will a Caribbean or a Pacific.
Being standard production and easy to replace is part of that but knowing that the knife won't rust and is tough enough to abuse gives me the peace of mind to really enjoy my knives more. I don't hesitate to get it out and get it filthy.
Can´t wait to try out LC200N for the first time in the Pac Salt ffg SE!
/ But in this thread I figure Doc asked just for the best balance between ease of sharpening and edge retention, so I did not consider corrosion resistance at all (though: You basically say that LC200N would be a great steel even if it had "just" a vg10-ish corrosion resistance level, right?)
/ As for the "sprint craze": I only have three Sprint run models: Endura and Stretch in HAP 40, Manix 2 LW in REX 45. And both steels for me have great balance between edge retention and ease of sharpening! (Very long of the former, still quite easy to sharpen), and that´s why I kept and carry those knives all the time..
Sure, if corrosion resistance is a main concern, both of these steels are rather low on the list. But for me personally this is not an issue.
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40