The coating is a roughly textured baked on Epoxy finish. I use a spray on chemical stripper called Citri-Strip to remove coatings on my knives, then polish to 400-600 grit. Cans of Citri-Strip run about $8 at local hardware stores.
Vivi wrote: ↑Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:06 pmThe coating is a roughly textured baked on Epoxy finish. I use a spray on chemical stripper called Citri-Strip to remove coatings on my knives, then polish to 400-600 grit. Cans of Citri-Strip run about $8 at local hardware stores.
I plan to make a video showing the process.
If they're still around after Christmas I may pick one up.
After giving it some thought I didn't think a 4" blade knife would do things a whole lot different than what I've already got (Landi EDC, Aqua Salt, and a bunch of small knives like the Izula 2). I could see the 3HM being a nice EDC though.
Same here, very interested in that process. I'd like to strip the rest of the coating off of this blade as well.
You said it. 1095 is one of my favorite steels. Very user friendly and performs well. Not too bad for folders. My GEC's take very lean edges (edges that Case's CV doesn't do well in, in my experience). With a thin edge, I get a good life out of it before sharpening. Only had one chip ever too and that was becuase I wasn't paying attention to a steel pole. Of course, traditional by and large have better geometry than moderns. Doubt a pm2 would do great in 1095.Vivi wrote: ↑Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:06 pmI've been a big fan of 1095 for over 20 years, longer than I've known about Spyderco.
It's very inexpensive, very tough, sharpens fast, takes a blistering sharp edge, works well at thin angles and rolls instead of chips. At one point while filming I accidentally stabbed that ESEE into some rocky ground and the only damage was to the coating, not the edge. I've used many knives in 1095 from keychain sized Opinels to RAT9's and other choppers. Wouldn't be my first choice for a folder but I'd love to see Spyderco make some 1095 fixed blades heat treated to the low 60's RC.
I'll put together the video on removing the coating sometime this week.
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