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Any opinions on Strider CTS-40CP?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Corndog, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. Corndog


    May 13, 2016
    I just saw that Strider has some SnGs out in CTS-40CP. I have been considering one in S30v for quite some time. I was wondering if anyone has experience with CTS-40CP or any opinions on it vs S30? Thanks, Corndog
  2. Vegas Blade

    Vegas Blade

    Feb 9, 2012
    Its just another company's 440c. Not a bad steel. Actually, done correctly, it's a good steel. It has lost some of it's shine in the last several years because of the rise of the PM "Super Steels". I wouldn't choose it over S30V at all. Many folks forget that S30V was and is a darn good steel. I prefer it to S35VN, but that's just me, in my uses. My experience with Strider's S30V has been very positive. I think they do it as good or better than anyone.
  3. Smokinape


    Jan 21, 2011
    If you want one for the collectable aspect then get it, otherwise s30v IMO is a better option...

    Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
  4. JR88FAN


    May 5, 2013

    It's a reworked 440C, and there's nothing bad about that.
    I love how Strider is constantly putting out different options on the SMF/SnG

    Try to find a 3V version or even PD1, those would be the two I would recommend the most.
  5. jschu22


    Aug 8, 2013
    What about its corrosion resistance comparatively speaking? Money Edge is selling theirs suggesting its better than other steels (presumably S30) in this regard.
  6. Vegas Blade

    Vegas Blade

    Feb 9, 2012
    It's in the 16-18% chromium range. That would rate it as very stain resistant. I'm not 100% sure how much of the chromium is used up in carbides vs. being free to act stainless if you will. I seem to remember 440C as being pretty good in that respect. I would say you likely wouldn't be disappointed if you were looking for a stain resistant knife steel.
  7. K.O.D.

    K.O.D. Banned Platinum Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Every website I look at, all the new stock Strider's feature this steel. I'm guessing it's more of a cost reduction strategy than wanting to try something new. I'm sure it's also easier to work with and maybe less prone to chipping than S30V.

    Sent from my VS986 using Tapatalk
  8. ATJ999

    ATJ999 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    It is a PM 440C. And 440C is great stuff. I 2nd the 3V or PD1. Those steels are amazing!
  9. Gizler00

    Gizler00 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Here is what you want.

  10. jschu22


    Aug 8, 2013
    Saw one up for sale and was tempted but it had some use and I couldn't determine if it had the flat tang or not.
  11. Gizler00

    Gizler00 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 19, 2006

    Might have been this exact one. I picked it up second hand here. Was filthy and used. But broken in, very solid and smooth.

    If you can find one in CPM154, grab it fast. It's the next best thing. I prefer it over their s30v. Holds a great edge fora very long time.

    The Pd1, 3v, and Zwear are getting harder to find everyday. And when they do go for sale, they claim big $$
  12. Glockinator19


    Jan 23, 2015
    I just got this today, great deal new. I know nothing about cts40cp but this came right from strider and I have yet to see one like this. Anybody have any thoughts on rusting with cts40cp? That's the main concern I have with Striders bead blasted blades..since mines ghost striped the area that's blasted has a better chance of rusting. Usually around the blade stop stud is where it happens from what I have experienced. I just don't know how well 40cp will hold up in humidity with me working outside in TX.

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  13. Biginboca

    Biginboca Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Since it's basically 440C it should be quite rust resistant. Probably as much or more than any blade material strider has used. If you have an issue I found baking soda and a toothbrush works real well at removing rust from blasted blades.
  14. Glockinator19


    Jan 23, 2015
    I had a feeling, good to hear..I'll make sure to keep it clean and oiled just to be safe. Thanks for the tip I'll definitely keep that in mind!
  15. SeppukuSamurai

    SeppukuSamurai Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 19, 2014
    I can't speak for the CTS-40CP but I will throw in my opinion of Strider and their knives.

    I've owned a few more than a few and I've been overall pretty happy. They heat treat their steel right and you won't find anything to complain about in that department. I don't think a standard S30V Strider would dissapoint you in the slightest. One of my most used and even abused knives is a Strider SMF in 154CM. It's a tank and it will not die. It's at the point where the lock travels all the way over to the other scale (I've done deplorable things to this knife) and it keeps on trucking. Plus, Strider's warranty is legit. Their customer service stinks (only because they have no phone number that's in service and they take weeks to respond to emails) but you really don't need to contact them in terms of sending your knife in. Just send the knife in with instructions of what you want done, they do it, you get your knife back roughly a month or so later. They've removed finishes for me for free as well.

    That being said, I really wish they'd just add a freaking lock bar insert. It's the one reason I have sold the majority of my Striders.

    Happy trails.
  16. Glockinator19


    Jan 23, 2015
    Thanks for the info, I have only had half a dozen Striders both smf and sng, but have not had the time to really use em..this one I plan on keeping for a very long time as it is the best I have ever felt, smooth as my sebenzas, has ridiculous early lockup like 10% so it'll have a very long life, perfectly centered which is a bonus.
  17. SeppukuSamurai

    SeppukuSamurai Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 19, 2014
    I have my issues with Strider's knives (LOCK BAR INSERT. I WANT ONE.) but I can tell you without a doubt they will stand the test of time. I have stabbed countless paint cans, opened countless boxes, stabbed sheets of metal, particle board, and have dug holes in 2x4s simply to say that I have and the knife is still functioning. Plus, IF you ever manage to kill one, they will stand behind their product and replace it.

    Not sure what more you could ask for.

    With yours being perfectly centered/early lock up you'll probably have an even better experience than me. The SMF I'm referring to is one of the oldies with the old lock face and larger thumb studs (the old lock face SUCKED). I'm sure had it been one of the newer models I wouldn't be so hell bent on having a lock insert. I've owned a few of the newer ones but have never seriously used any of them.
  18. Glockinator19


    Jan 23, 2015
    I mean I'm not joking when I say it's REALLY early lockup...this picture I just took is even with me flicking it out pretty hard. Definitely the earliest I have seen, even on any other knife I have owned, my xms are later. Can't really get much earlier, almost too little.

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  19. slemmerj1


    Nov 1, 2013
    I had a tanto SMF in S30V and loved it. Sold my PD-1 SNG because it would get deep red, pitted rust just carrying it in my back pocket.
  20. trainmaster


    Jan 30, 2003
    I don't think you'll have any worries.
    I walk 5-6 miles every morning and my SnG with this steel rides in my soaking wet sweaty shorts on a daily basis.
    No problems yet!

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