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Stedemon D-01 folder

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by Gary W. Graley, Jun 3, 2016.

  1. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Just got this today, was keen to see how it looked in person as the blade shape as well as the handle contours looked great in the photos and in person it did not let me down, it is pretty great. Albeit a large folder

    Closed: 5 1/4" long
    Blade: 4" long
    Blade steel: 440C
    Edge bevel thickness: approx .023" so it's ground fairly thin down to the edge

    It arrived moderately sharp, meaning you could certainly cut stuff right out of the box, but it could stand to be sharpened up a tad more and that will be attended to shortly.

    I know a lot of people just have to have the newest supersteel on the block, while 440C has been around a long time, it's been able to get a decent edge out of it, as to this one's heat treat, time will tell, but at this price point, below $80 at several locations, it's not such a bad thing.

    Opening, WOW this thing has a great detent setup that provides a very positive flipping action, the flipper does have some knurling to help that along.

    The clip is only right side tip up carry, I'd rather a more deep pocket carry type clip but not sure if anyone will be making something aftermarket as this does have a slight curve to it.

    Hardware, all slotted screws, odd to me, my first with such hardware, I may try to locate some replacement screws for the frame and clip, but it's not too bad, the heads of the handle screws are slightly proud of the contoured G10 scales, but not near as much as some photos I've seen on line, so I was happy for that!

    Here are some images taken tonight of this one;

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    Nice knife, glad to have her aboard !

    G2
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2016
  2. BoozeFighter

    BoozeFighter

    87
    Jul 6, 2015
    From the pics it looks like it is setup for tip up carry, not tip down as you state.
     
  3. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Right you are, thanks, I corrected said mistake :)

    Also just finished sharpening her up a bit, the edge bevels were actually nice and even, no wobbles to remove so sharpening it was fairly easy and it does take a great edge.
    G2
     
  4. MAD777

    MAD777

    267
    Aug 3, 2011
    Nice knife. Gary, those are outstanding photos! Any knife company would do well to have you as their photographer.

    Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
     
  5. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks sir, you're too kind ! I was trying to show off the nice contours they ground in on the scales, very cool workmanship there and the blade, well I've seen a LOT of blades through the years and this one's flat grind was done very well, no ripples along the sides at all, all very flat and even.

    and while they look ok, they were just quickly taken on my kitchen table tonight, wish I had a better setup but that does show it pretty good.
    G2
     
  6. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    I took some sand paper to a few of the sharp edges on the G10 handles to just knock down their crisp edges from the machining, more comfy now also added my lanyard on there with a celtic bead that is both decorative and serves as a keeper to cinch up to your wrist when wearing it.
    I did sharpened her up, took a great edge, ground down fairly thin as well, cuts great!

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    Sliding the bead up to the wrist, it stays put and helps to keep the lanyard from sliding off your wrist.

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    G2
     
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2016
  7. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Couple of shots showing the calipers measuring the edge bevel shoulder thickness after I had sharpened her up a bit...

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    G2
     
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2016
  8. Raj

    Raj Gold Member Gold Member

    412
    Jan 22, 2003
    Hi Gary, great pictures and great review. Stedemon knives should do something as a special thank you for this outstanding review.
    You cause a lot of people who follow your posts to spend more and more money on knives:D
     
  9. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks RJ, and that would be great, love to get one of their Bastion models to try out, but I never do these reviews with any thoughts of being compensated, falls back to my love of steel and my passion of photography, combine those two and you can not help but get some photos and some words placed along side each other telling the tale and enlightening folks on some of the finer points about my latest acquisition, so in that respect I do think that some of them may chance a gamble based on my reviews, hopefully it pays off for them as well.

    G2
     
  10. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Nice pics...likely exc value for the money. Even the steel was top-flite not so long ago. Thanx for the review...
     
  11. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks and yes, 440C use to be a very upstanding steel at one time...in history, but this so far has proved to still be very good as well.

    Their markings on the blade are raised above the grind of the blade, where most are etched down into the blade, you can almost feel the texture of the letters from this photo I just took of it;

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    G2
     
  12. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Couple more shots

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    G2
     
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2016
  13. StedemonKnives

    StedemonKnives

    57
    Jul 3, 2014

    Great review and nice photos. Can I update those photo to FB?
     
  14. vilePossum

    vilePossum

    Jan 14, 2015
    Wow, great write up and excellent pictures, thanks for sharing Gary.
     
  15. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks and yes that would be fine to use them

    G2
     
  16. barrabas74

    barrabas74

    Jul 27, 2005
    Thanks for the review! I was not aware of this maker and I really like the design, size and price point. Very reasonably priced actually. I will be picking one up
     
  17. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    You're most welcome, it's a great design, fits well in the hand, I did end up passing it along to a friend out west as the blade length was just a bit long for me for an edc, otherwise, I'd never have parted ways with it !
    G2
     
  18. 1 ADAM12

    1 ADAM12 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 22, 2013
    WHEW....nice one!!:cool:
     
  19. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2017
  20. Lycosa

    Lycosa

    Aug 24, 2007
    Well, Gary... my Stedemon Shy 4 arrived. This company will shoot to the top fast. The design and F&F are spot-on!
    I think the Shy 4 is the nicest kwaiken folder on the market to date.
    Can ya please post a pic? :)
    rolf
     

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