1) increase the price to any buyers,
2) strike out an exclusive deal with Survive! which might mean a higher price,
3) or worst still, strike out a deal with any bigger companies who might pay higher than S!K and leave S!K out to dry.
I hope things don't go down that route of course because I like S!K and I want to see them grow.
Yea guys don't confuse the new heat treat with the one Dan, Nathan, and Guy are trying to work on. They're not the same.
I doubt that Nathan's 3V would be as corrosion resistant as the current Survive models. There is no free lunch.
I'd be perfectly willing to give up quite a bit of corrosion resistance in exchange for some extra hardness.
In fact I'd like to see some Survive knives in 4V run a couple of points harder than their current practice with 3V and 20CV.
I do however think if they can scale up the tweaks that Nathan made, that the difference might be great enough that a differentiated name might be worth while. like 3v+ or something, to denote the fact that a knife in the same steel but with a different heat treat would perform significantly differently.
The heat treat for the new production, including the GSO-5.1 and all runs after it, is the best CPM-3V heat treat available on a large scale at this time. Those blades should have the same corrosion resistance as the top knife in that instagram post.
Our current production heat treat protocol is in the same direction but still different from what Nathan has been working on. If his process can be scaled up for full production runs we will probably start doing that, as soon as we can be sure the result will be consistent. Depending on how that affects the cost, it may be something that is only available through that super custom series I have been hinting at lately. If it can't be done on a large scale then maybe we will still offer it in the super custom series, for a price. It is all in the air right now so we will have to just wait and see.
Edit to add: It will probably end up with a special name to help avoid any confusion in the future.
Honestly... I ordered the last day or the second to last day the preorders were open. I will get it when I get it... I have a different thought/hope about why its still hiding out in the bowels of the Survive! HQ but wont know if my hypothesis is wrong until the package arrives.
I just consider myself lucky enough to already have a handful of S!Ks. Andy and a few other guys dont even have one S!K yet.
And Standard, I just saved that Gadsden Flag image. Thanks, I like it.
Maybe they're doing a mass boxing of knives like some of there old photos used to show.
Yes, I am one of those with none yet. I keep telling my son that I feel these my replace all others for me. Handle ergonomics are almost everything to me. The best blade is not helpful if the handle is not correct. And these look like some of the best I've seen. Cannot wait to hold them...
Tall grass, fat cattle, and a good dog...
Precisely Riz. I don't have an S!K at all. What I have now are just proof of purchase that I will be an S!K owner one day so I really can't wait to at least get a 5.1 in first and the rest of my pre-orders can wait. At least give me something to play with first. C'mon Ellie, please? Pretty please?
With the advent of this New Nathan/Peters/Guy/Keffeler heat treat I may just have found a cure for my addiction to sharpened steel. Since I am always buying another knife because it will be better then the last one, maybe, just maybe, I will finally be safisfied. But, probably not lol.
This is a bit OT, buy Nathan is dropping a chopper on Friday. (And I'm eagerly awaiting the kitchen knife I scored last week. But it's not 3v :-/)
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