You can forge a knife out of mild steel and put an edge on it, and battles would have been fought with it...so what? What does that have to do with anything? Does mild steel make a good performing knife? If my plane when down in the wilderness and all I had was mild steel.....I could make a knife that helped to keep my alive and fed....but there is so much better available, so that mild steel knife isn't really necessary if I have well-suited options.
Originally Posted by Karl B. Andersen
You want to forge with steel that you don't know the composition of, as long as you tell your customer(they might not care, I didn't in the case of the knife I got from Raymond) it's all good.
But unless you have tested the work of another maker, personally, to destruction or have seen it done, it seems a bit cheerleaderish to be saying that it can perform quite well. By what metric? How many 2 x 4 cuts does it make compared to Cruwear, M4 or 3V? How many 1" rope bundles can it cut? What about bending, what about stabbing ping pong balls or cutting coke cans?
I don't see any of that as an absolute signifier of a "better" knife....but they are very specific tests designed for both the knife and the knife handler.
When a maker starts getting that misty look in their eyes talking about the mystery of the forge and harkening back to the days of yore, I start nervously looking around for the door.
Any neat materials like wrought iron or shear steel add some interesting elements to a knife, but if I want a story, it will be back in the hotel room after a show, or back at home on my bookshelf. The knives tell their own story....and they speak loud and clearly.
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