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  1. hardheart

    GSM reveals future plans for Cold Steel - 2021 and beyond

    If so, then unsure of the benefit of saying anything against it.
  2. hardheart

    Coldsteel Sold???

    Huh, that's what I most appreciated. I can get a thousand knives of the same or better quality that are completely utilitarian with great materials, fit, and ergos. But the CS catalog was always the most fun to browse through. And at the prices of the time I could order most silly things without...
  3. hardheart

    Ever heard of GSM Outdoors? They just bought Cold steel.

    CS always had cheap stuff in their catalog. I think the only significant concern to the enthusiast crowd is if the lower end stuff is all GSM continues with moving forward. It wasn't all that long ago in the overall history of CS that they started using steels like 3V, XHP, or S35VN. Won't be...
  4. hardheart

    How is Gerber doing?

    Some Gerber branded US made models came back over a decade go, there's really no "new" change coming. Gerber isn't a company, it's a brand owned by a company. I don't care how Fiskars is doing and I won't applaud nor decry them for whatever their financial situation. I don't buy knives to...
  5. hardheart

    Cold Steel Magnum Tanto XII is STUCK in sheath?

    If I adjust my tinfoil hat, then I can type that GSM receives no monies for any aged stock retailers are selling today. They can also introduce new and improved sheath technology to CS fixed blades that cure all draw and retention issues for an improved user experience. iow, pricey niche model...
  6. hardheart

    Nice little experience just now with CS's online ordering

    I'm not sure if the forum itself carries a fee, though I don't what compensation BF would receive from manufacturers otherwise for the bandwidth, software, and support that comes with BF hosting their subforum. The marketplace, custom forums for makers, and dealer advertising all come with paid...
  7. hardheart

    Nice little experience just now with CS's online ordering

    He's been asked twice in this thread and posted 4 times since the initial question without responding to the query. He certainly seems to be due to the refusal to respond, and someone should ask spark if the new corporate owner of CS is posting to promote the brand with a new account/employee...
  8. hardheart

    CS/GSMO is asking for your input on your favorite discontined CS knife

    The seller always has the responsibility to engage. They are the only one to materially benefit from capturing attention. No consumer on the planet with the capability to communicate with any knife brand has any problem finding a useful knife without the need to say a single thing to any...
  9. hardheart

    Ever heard of GSM Outdoors? They just bought Cold steel.

    No, tangible and intangible assets have specific meanings. Most relevant is the effect on the balance sheet and expected cash flows. Intangible assets are in no way lesser, but they are absolutely different and make a significant impact in the way an acquisition is structured and why it is done...
  10. hardheart

    Coldsteel Sold???

    Nope. Lynn Thompson had no legal fiduciary duty to uphold to anyone. Cold Steel existed for any reason he chose it to exist, since he was the owner and the manager. Nobody was going to sue CS for not turning a profit or making distributions. There are far, far too many legal business entities...
  11. hardheart

    Ever heard of GSM Outdoors? They just bought Cold steel.

    Design and testing is in Wampum PA, as Demko is the man.
  12. hardheart

    Ever heard of GSM Outdoors? They just bought Cold steel.

    As far as the video goes, in it Lynn stated that he no longer owns the company and also that he still works for the company. Personally, I see no reason to think that allows him the room for 100% disclosure and candor. He could be fired, sued, or otherwise face some claw back of proceeds of the...
  13. hardheart

    Ever heard of GSM Outdoors? They just bought Cold steel.

    The concept of a knife cannot be patented as it is very old and very common. A unique feature, mechanism, or method having to do with knives can be patented.
  14. hardheart

    Ever heard of GSM Outdoors? They just bought Cold steel.

    CS likely has nothing in physical assets. If Lynn had real estate for the office or warehousing that wasn't leased, it was almost assuredly in a real estate holding company anyway. GSM bought IP, nobody needed to have a look at any facilities. Lynn was likely the sole managing member. No one...
  15. hardheart

    Why might top makers hold onto old steels?

    They use "old" steels because we aren't cutting new things. Steel that used to work still works. Any steel that achieves the desired properties at the required cost will get the job done. The desired properties depend on the buyers, and the overwhelming majority don't require much. I like super...
  16. hardheart

    AR-RPM9 - New PM Steel from Artisan?

    PM versions of existing compositions is really too common to wonder about. Anyone ever own a knife in rwl34, cpm154, cpm d2, cpm m4, maybe the old 440c modified that later got called s60v.
  17. hardheart

    S110V Steel - History and Properties

    Apologies, it was 58. Had to go back to email and find it. January 2009 was when it was tested.
  18. hardheart

    S110V Steel - History and Properties

    Easily the worst performer was a Kershaw at 56 hrc, so definitely agree with issues with what they choose to heat treat at for high quantity production for general use edcs on sale to the general public
  19. hardheart

    S110V Steel - History and Properties

    I don't know that it's a great choice for production knives. Had a couple in the steel and also did not find ease of sharpening or retention to be all that great. If it requires greater edge angles due to issues with some step in volume production, then it just won't get as sharp as steels that...
  20. hardheart

    What knives would you include on an all-time landmark/watershed knife list?

    When I bought up mine, my list of production firsts was LST (first frn handle) strut n cut (first assisted) two screw worker (first spyderco knife, first "tactical"/one hand open locking blade with pocket clip) initial run M16 (first flipper) explorer (first liner lock, as far as I could find...
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