6AL4V titanium cannot be hardened by heat-treating.
Heating titanium can form a thin (a few microns), hard layer of titanium oxides, but it does not change the hardness of the titanium underneath.
Most knifemakers agree that heating the lockface does help with the stickyness of a titanium liner/frame-lock, but I haven't read that it improves the locks longevity to any useful degree.
Heat can change the properties of 6AL4V titanium in other ways, but hardness isn't one of them.
Simply sharing some interesting information I learned on the forums...
Don't they carbidize it? adding a thin layer of carbides to the lock face, essentially hardening it.
My personal thoughts on nutnfancy and his loyal tnp'ers (lawl) are too extreme to voice here, but lets just say, don't like.
I've watched TNP videos from the beginning--it's what got me into knives. I started with a Benchmade 960, and just got a new small micarta insingo in today. (Lots in between--many that Nutnfancy would love, many that he would hate.)
I think Nutnfancy is well informed and speaks from his perspective based on his life experiences. Over the years he has been relatively consistent in what he likes: light weight, high value, good jimping, drop point blades with belly, deep carry pocket clips, etc. And it's very difficult to fault him for having convictions about what he prefers. Obviously, not everyone is going to agree with him, and that's fine...I don't always agree either.
As for being arrogant, I think he might have had some of that in past videos, but when a notable part of the knife community is attacking him, he does need to stand his ground and make his points clear. Otherwise his videos would be pointless "on one hand, on the other hand."
Bottom line is that if Nutnfancy didn't deliver value to his viewers, he would have been long gone.
Mr. Reeve did create the RIL, and I trust CRK's abilities to make a long lasting and properly functioning lock without using carbidizing or steel inserts.
I opened the box and neither one would flip open all the way, had blade play in all directions. I knew "I was had" and printed out their return label and have tried not to think about it since....lol
I have to commend his thumb's up on the BM 940 Osborne. I bought that next and still have that bad little mammer jammer.
Sometimes he's right on for me and others - way off. I search or post here now before thinking about a purchase. Best advice you'll get - it's free too!
And yes, they are very high now, and this last generous price increase was very hard to swallow. I forget what it was but i was quite a chunk of change! $30 increase last year if I'm not mistaken.
I see that lots of people take Nutnfancy a little to serious. All he is doing is offering his opinion up for free. Take it or leave it, no big deal.
I have found over time that people will buy a knife and go watch video's about the knife and one of the following will happen:
If the reviewer says bad things about that knife (basically saying that you have made a bad choice) well that pisses people off and well they must be taken down a notch, trolled, called an idiot.
If the reviewer says that the knife is awesome (basically stroking the purchaser's ego and his/her genius knife intuitions) well then that person is just freaking awesome.
I think people should just get what they like and not give 2 $hits what somebody on youtube thinks about it.
I may be wrong. Not comparing companies at all. Is it just me or is Kershaw always behind on schedule? Seems there is always a delay in a new release. Not a rip. More of an answered question. I think you are both right though. Lot's of CRK's to be bought from many dealers. Yet everyone has had to wait to get them. Same with other semi-customs also. Cannot find a Strider SNG CC stonewashed anywhere. Oooh
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