+1 on stainless...
Just missed out on a 154CM Ladyfinger and after kicking myself for not seeing it sooner decided to post this..
Any chance of either a Recluse or Ladyfinger convex ground and in either 3V or stainless steel popping up anytime soonish?
+1 on stainless...
3V would be pretty sweet! Does anyone know if Andy has worked with it before?
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I have nary a clue unfortunately.
Thank you Sverre. Honestly...if I let the Ladyfinger go, you'll have first grabs at it. I hope to receive it today or tomorrow.
It would be neat if Andy did offer more knives in CPM 154 or even 3V, though I am quite alright with O1 as well. I am truly in awe of Andy's workmanship and handle ergonomics. Wonderful blades indeed!
I would love a 3V blade from Andy personally
Andy did do a couple of recluses in s35vn a little while back, and I just missed out on one. He said he would do more in that steel in future, but I have yet to see anything materialize.
I have three blades done for the show in CPM S35VN. A Hunter, a Bushfinger, and a HB. I have one order left to fill and have finally procured two more bars of that same steel.
On 3V. I worked with it once. Wound up hammering the blade into a stump. That steel is a headache. I don't know if I'm interested in this one guys.
On 3V. I worked with it once. Wound up hammering the blade into a stump. [/QUOTE]
Ok...Ok Andy just take a deep breath it'll be ok. Your O-1 will do just fine.
Think I read that about 3V. Full height convex and S35VN is perfect Andy
I know that I'm late to this whole Blade Forums soiree, so my opinions might not hold much water around here just yet, however...I really don't get the big fuss over most of these newish "super steels." I have done a lot of reading about them since discovering the online blade community and sure, some of the steel compositions seem quite interesting (I have a good deal of Chemistry education in my background)...I've even used some of them before, but for the most part...in the end it's just a trade off of features IMO. You get more hardness at the expense of durability etc. Given the specs and reviews I have read regarding tool steels that aren't O-1, it seems to me that properly annealed O-1 is pretty much still the best "compromise" all around. What I mean by that is you get the most advantageous complete package with O-1; so while it may not have the best edge retention or be the most stain resistant etc. you get the most all-around, well balanced steel for knife making (in my admittedly limited opinion). In fact I would go so far as to say that, with O-1 steel, something like 90% of all edge problems and defects that occur with a knife that is made properly (ie. has an appropriate blade shape and dimensions for the intended usage, is properly heat treated and manufcatured, is made from pure, reliably sourced stock material etc.) are more than likely caused by inappropriate usage of the knife (aka. USER ERROR). This is of course an assumption based on no factual evidence whatsoever, but it feels pretty damn true to me...a well made knife, even one made from such "outdated" steels as 1095 or O-1, will tend to outlast its original owner if it is used and cared for properly. The magic is in the making, IMO...especially the heat treat. I don't know...I guess I just don't understand the desire to fix something that's really not broken. Just my opinion of course and I hope I'm not stepping on anyones toes: whatever works for you is always the best choice.
The high carbon stainless steels are a totally different story. I'm very interested to see what happens here, and I hope we get to see some pictures of those S35VN blades after they meet their lucky new owners! I have had a few blades in different Sandvik stainless steels and I didn't really like them (I don't own any of them anymore)...however I live in a SUPER humid, wet, marshy area and the idea of a stainless steel that can compare somewhat to high carbon tool steels is very attractive to me. I still think that O-1 does the job just fine as long as you don't totally neglect it, but I'd love to have a blade that I can feel comfortable using for extended fishing trips when it's pouring rain. O-1 does the trick but a S35VN Fiddleback sounds mighty appealing.
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