Hardbawl wrote:Greetings from North Central Pa.
4 years ago I bought an Endura4 from the Knife Center to replace one that I had lost in the snow. With its VG 10 blade, it has been my only carry knife for 4 years. It served me with absolute satisfaction. It cut everything that got in its way. I even used it to process at least 4 deer, and dozens of grouse and pheasants.
recently I saw copy about the PM2 and its awesome compression lock. The chap at the knife center had one in left hand. Now getting a cutting edge knife in left hand is tough to do. Pun intended. I bought one. Now, they only come in CPM S30V steel. My question is how good is this steel? Now it seems good to me but I have only had it for a couple days. Pickings are slim for us lefties. Your thoughts, Please. Hardbawl
Depends on what you're sharpening with and if you intend on repeatedly cutting a *ton* of dense stuff.
I like using a fine (white) ceramic, and for that s30v is more trouble than it's worth, but it also puts up a stiff fight on the medium ceramic too. All vanadium-carbide steels take far longer to sharpen on fine abrasives, generally speaking, and the payoff relative to the work required to get there is small compared to the economy of high chromium steels. s30V also is no tougher than 154cm. The main difference is that the edge will chip where 154cm will roll. This means you need to grind more steel away to get s30v back in working condition.
fyi, I'd much prefer CTS-BD1, 440c, or 154cm in the paramilitary, or even D2.
I did an audit of a printing factory recently, and it occurred to me that s90v would do very well as a blade in that environment where abrasive, thick types of paper and packaging are cut non-stop for hours on end.