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    what cold steel do you carry?

    In a few weeks, the 'large' Vaquero Voyager (w/Tri-Ad lock) will have it's third year of being my EDC.
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    Lefty thread

    You just won the internet right there.
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    AUS8A SRK "Destruction Test" video

    Quoted for Aaauggggh! Whoa! Aaugh!
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    Cold steel AK47 or Recon 1???

    Excellent. Hope it works out for your uses and desires. No knocks against ZT or Spyderco, but whomever is heat-treating the AUS-8A in Taiwan for Cold Steel does the job well.
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    WD-40, why not to use it

    Worked great when the hood latch on my van didn't hook and worked okay for loosening some bolts on my neighbor's tractor attachment (homemade Kubota snowplow for the win!). Gives that "I frequently soak in turpentine for weeks on end" smell to anyone and anything.
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    A better coarse waterstone

    I wouldn't recommend the Naniwa Omura for 'stock removal' type stone work from trying that this week. Tried it by itself this week (having fun with a Byrd Cara Cara and an Opinel #8) and it was slow. Did a vintage Ken Schwartz technique of adding extra grit to the surface (have a bunch of 80...
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    940 or rift?

    True that. I can't remember the fellow's name, but on the orginal Benchmade forum (they switched to new software around 2004-2006) there was a guy there who did nearly everything a person could ask of a folder with his 940 and it always worked. That upside down tanto point turned his frown...
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    One knife. That's it!

    Any Victorinox Swiss Army Knife with screwdrivers, a wrench, and scissors.
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    Best sub $100 sharpener? I am lost.

    The beauty of the Sharpmaker is that if you can hold a blade straight up and down, you can hold a 15 or 20 degree angle and if you can hold a blade so it's parallel with the floor, you can hold a 12.5 degree angle. And later, when you've got more experience under your belt, you can turn your...
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    WD-40, why not to use it

    Very good to know. I use a DuPont teflon+mineral oil mixture very lightly on the nut and the saddles of my guitar. Stays in tune very well despite my use of "outdated" non-locking tuners. I'm going to try this. Thanks, rsngfrce! I shall sweep-pick several arpeggios in your scallop-necked honor.
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    Blade steels - what's wrong with improvement?

    Your inner-ninja must be better at hiding than mine. Dozier and his heat-treatment of D2 has been well-known well before the internets - especially to everyone with an A. G. Russell catalog, but, somehow, his thin grinds weren't mentioned in the folding knife forums - just that his...
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    Blade steels - what's wrong with improvement?

    Sounds good to me. A user would say a knife is too thick because its blade isn't thin enough for efficient cutting. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, low saber-flat ground and low saber hollow ground knives; often made of ATS-34 or 154CM with a small and growing number of knives moving...
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    Blade steels - what's wrong with improvement?

    Great question! Until this morning, I had thought that the tungsten in some of my favorite steels (Blue #2 in particular) was giving the steel an easily sharpened and relatively long lasting edge (though it's not like I'd been having edge retention problems with AEB-L or White #2). It might...
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    Blade steels - what's wrong with improvement?

    Thanks, Zvi! That explains my fetish for those sorts of steels even more in line with my professed bigotry against high vanadium/molybdenum steels because the tungsten is forming less carbides. A steel using an appreciable amount of tungsten, such as 1.3355 with 19% per weight would probably...
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    Blade steels - what's wrong with improvement?

    Well that's the fly in my ointment, now isn't it? Even so, the knife steels I monkey with that have tungsten getting thick as thieves with carbon (Blue #2, Blue "super," and 1.2552) tend to hold finer edges with higher polish than steels with molybdenum or vanadium in that role. I wonder how...
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    Blade steels - what's wrong with improvement?

    Why is your above-quoted statement a point of contention? I'm not arguing that all steels developed for non-cutlery uses shouldn't be used for cutlery any more than you're arguing that only non-cutlery steels should be used for cutlery. Tungsten. It's better for knives because the carbides...
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    Blade steels - what's wrong with improvement?

    If we must divide in hostile factions Let it be regarding carbide fractions And every once dull epithet Gets resharpened on stones of whet (or WEPS or EdgePro or Sharpmaker....) Resistant wear and brittle failure All whilst outcussing most sailors Though back and forth we curse and taunt Who...
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    Blade steels - what's wrong with improvement?

    The same condescending wink when you told me no one in Japan used Swedish steels and then you didn't even recognize the makers when I shared their easily-googled names with you. You sure do prove a lot of things, don't you? I brook no grudge with Bohler-Uddeholm, Carpenter, Crucible, or Timken...
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    Blade steels - what's wrong with improvement?

    Knowledge in material science doesn't require capitalizing "scientist" in mid-sentence merely because the person has something to sell you and wants you to feel good about buying what is sold. With S35VN supposedly being superior to S30V (it's progress! The Scientist in sales said so), hyping...
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    Blade steels - what's wrong with improvement?

    It's a different point than saying anyone who hates gosh-awfully inappropriate steels for such knives is the same as being like that violent albino guy in that Tom Hanks movie (can't remember if it was Da Vinci something or Splash...). Though I did old-timey it by calling tungsten 'wolfram.' :o...