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Discussion in 'Swamp Rat Knives' started by PatrickKnight, Jun 6, 2014.
Nuclear Ice Pick
The INFI vs. SR-101 is not a new conversation and often always has the same things posted time and time again.
Some of us buy from all three Bussekin brands and are: happy as Pigs and Pitbulls rolling in Swamp Water.
Thanks. I got it from Garth at the last Blade West Show which, as it turns out, was the LAST Blade West Show. Handles were courtesy of Philip Dobson.
BLD I was in no way what so ever saying that the use of INFI makes it a better knife I am actually in the boat with you and much prefer SR101 over INFI. The thing that bothered me is over on the Swamp forum we had been talking about the now named N2K RMD for a while and tossed out the idea of having it only be for the loyal Rats like what Dan did for the guys on the Scrapyard forum. Instead of this happening it was made for the most part (wasn't half melted or FFG) and sold at Blade. As for the price I would take a 150 dollar SR101 made knife over a 300 dollar INFI version of the same knife every day of the week. If I was going to purchase one tomorrow I would still go with SR101, the only way I would pay more for an RMD (alloy only) is if DHT was an option and that's only because a good hamon gets me every time.
Guys I usually avoid price conversations but I'll point out that the BS14 INFI RMD seems to be a satin INFI knife that is only about $100USD above the price of a CG RMD.
Yea I did notice they are priced right about where the LE RMDs were if memory serves right.
Got it. Thanks.
I hear you about DHT. For larger knives, I also prefer differential tempering. But for a knife the size of the RMD, I don't think it makes a great deal of difference. And through tempering also keeps the cost down. So I'm fine with my SR101 RMDs being through tempered.
If you think it's so stupid to buy an INFI RMD because of size, why do you have a SCABS? And as stated earlier, this whole argument is old. I've taken your stance before as well but the more INFI you have, the more you want. As for me, I love satin INFI and can't stand how fast SR-101 rusts on me. Maybe because I live on the coast AND work on saltwater aquariums for a living. If I touch a satin SR-101 blade, you will see a rusty fingerprint overnight. And that's even with an oiled blade. I would love to own a satin INFI RMD.
AND....if we are going to argue practicality, we should all be driving a Prius :barf: Also shouldn't you buy a 511 if it's all about best bang for your buck?
ive chipped my swamp rat a bunch, then again i beat it with a hammer to cut nails and metal
i carry my swamp rat daily, and the edge rusts daily with sweat on a kydex belt sheath
Because the price was right and my wife said yes.
Nope. 2 RMDs and a Camp Tramp are all I need.
An INFI RMD for the price of a satin SR101 version. The price is right.
Yeah now that you have them. By your logic though you should have bought 2 x 511s.
You see, this is where it gets interesting.... what we *need* and *want* are two very very subjective things and are as individual as shoes. Choosing INFI over Sr101 over S30V over 440C is all about me. Not you or any forum as a whole or any individual on a forum, just me. Do I smoke from the INFI pipe, yes a little, do I think it is the BEST steel for all applications, nope, do I think it is or close to the BEST ALL ROUND steel, well, I think it is very very very close to being that. Now only the individual can decide that the increase, across the whole spectrum of considerations, of INFI over another option is "worth it", to some it will be to others it wont. Again, very very individual and takes into account more than just the knife/steel. Do I own LOTS of INFI, hell yes I do, more than I could use up in ten lifetimes, why, mostly because I CAN and I WANT to... beyond that I don't have to justify the decision to anyone but myself.
Do I think that an INFI RMD is a huge improvement over a standard RMD, no I don't. I think the RMD is the best knife in that size when considered as cost v performance v ergonomics v warranty v versatility, bar NONE. Will I buy an INFI RMD... yes I probably will...again...BECAUSE I CAN.
bld522, no one here is saying that RMD in SR-101 is a bad knife, quite the opposite, and no one claims INFI version would be a big improvement over it.
It's just like Andy pointed out about personal choices. For some increased resistance to rust will be an improvement in performance, there is a whole bunch of us who live in coastal cities, or in the back country where swamps are a common thing.
Well said by you two from Oz.
The want for the INFI RMD came about in a line of thinking similar to if it could be...can it be? The N2K RMD took this further...in that we bounced never-before ideas off the Swamp Waters and a wickedly cool concept was born. Will it ever happen?...who knows.
..... I bloody well hope so.... !!!!!
Me too. Crikey.