T_MAC686 wrote: ↑
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:30 pm
I wonder if they finished the LC blades similar to the mirror stonewash finish on the Manix 2 LW if that would help decrease contamination issues? Less chance of material being stuck in grind lines?
Yes, that would be my suggestion, too. Not sure about the stonewash, as the only Spydercos I’ve seen that on are the Maxamet blades, but definitely a smoother polish would probably help.
To those who are worrying about Salt/non-Salt status, I wouldn’t get too excited about it.
I don't want to speak for Sal, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say personally I think he may have misspoke (re: the Spydiechef not being a full Salt line model). We all make mistakes now and then, and he has dozens of new and in-development knives he is always focussing on.
There’s a bunch of knife models out there now in LC200N that demonstrate they are extremely corrosion resistant with very minimal maintenance.
The instances of odd issues with LC200N seem to either be galvanic corrosion (a Mule) or surface contamination with non stainless steel particles, which occasionally appears, then resolves itself in very early use, and doesn’t occur again.
Spydiechefs, Tusks, Autonomy 2s and Caribbeans have been used in extreme salt water conditions for extensive periods now, far beyond what a normal user would put their knives through.
It’s possible that this knife the OP asked about has a steel bearing - an issue which has since been fixed, and Spyderco will make right, if that’s the case. If it’s ceramic, it’s also possible it may be surface contamination residue from machining out the detent hole with a tool steel bit. The grinding contamination which occasionally shows up in initial use has been mentioned a few times, and once cleaned, doesn’t seem to evidence itself again, or progress any further.