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Benchmade 3v

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Mo2, May 14, 2019.

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  1. Alchemy1

    Alchemy1 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 31, 2011
    Benchmade themselves don’t even rate the steel that high. They rate it for 56-58. Even if the test is total and utter garbage, why do the cut tests show what my HT scores show? Also, why wouldn’t BM just say that. That’s an easy out. Instead, everyone is speculating as the testers rack up info/data, and BM sits back quietly.

    I have at least 2 others that have volunteered their knives for any kind of testing I see fit and say they stand by their product. Hogue knives and Chuck Richards Knives. Doesn’t sound like I’m too far off base if 2 other companies would volunteer their product up for crappy evaluation ‍♂️
     
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  2. H0kieengineer

    H0kieengineer Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 24, 2017
    I did not mean to say that your tests are garbage, just that there is room to improve. That other companies offered their knives shows that they are confident in you methodology.
     
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  3. marrenmiller

    marrenmiller Basic Member Basic Member

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    Apr 6, 2017
    Remove the coating and test the hardness again. I'm sure it's still low, but it could actually be a little higher than 55.8-56 HRC.

    Nonetheless, I'm a bit disappointed that they target such a low stated hardness range.
     
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  4. marrenmiller

    marrenmiller Basic Member Basic Member

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    Apr 6, 2017
    Hardness tests work by measuring tiny amounts of displacement under load. A coating will effect the values observed, and not in a positive way.
     
  5. Alchemy1

    Alchemy1 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 31, 2011
    Garbage is my wording. I’m saying totally discredit a single data point. If we’re talking “science”, you should never rely on a single data point to begin with. However, cut tests, HRC readings, bend tests, etc all start to make the baby poo soft HRC reading very valid.

    We have to stop making excuses for these companies. They’re literally syphoning the money out of our pockets and we aide in the syphoning by making excuses. This is not a BM indictment at all. This is a very small piece of a very large conversation. This is not the only knife, from the only company, that came up lame. Some have come up lame numerous times on numerous samples. We need to trust our eyes and not the rhetoric we hear companies spouting.
     
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  6. WillB

    WillB Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 3, 2007
    That's first thing I thought of, the low HRC makes little sense on a folder vs say edge retention. Not the charts for the 3v start at 58 above. Not sure why BM would choose that and on a folder, I'd think benefits had with going toward the higher HRC for the steel vs lower. By all accounts, 3V is excellent steel, but a "bad" HT can diminish any steel no?
     
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  7. H0kieengineer

    H0kieengineer Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 24, 2017
    I completely agree, I was just offering a point to improve one if your tests, though the rest of the testing certainly support the low hardness test.

    People have said for years that CRK runs their S35VN soft and ZT is no less guilty. With small manufacturers developing high performance HT’s, large companies have no excuse. They can’t really run with the “we’re too big to do that development” when makers with fewer resources are developing things like the D3V treatment and pushing the super steels to where they belong.
     
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  8. Alchemy1

    Alchemy1 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 31, 2011
    That’s the conversation we need to be having and we need to be asking the manufacturers the hard questions. If a backyard “scientist” (again, my wording) puts out some hairbrained idea, how hard is it for BM, or any other company, to come out and simply provide the reasonable and logical answers/proof. Do we really think BM hasn’t seen these conversations? It’s all over IG. Do we really think BM couldn’t get an HRC reading/pic in minutes? Do we really think that their company doesn’t have data sheets on hand from QC testing? Yet and still, they sit quietly. One has to begin to wonder if they think this is a conversation that is just going to blow over.
     
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  9. Carlito86

    Carlito86

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    Apr 28, 2017
    If this Is not a clear defect,I am cancelling my order
     
  10. Mo2

    Mo2

    Apr 8, 2016
    Why would it be a defect. They state 55-58hrc. Its clearly in spec.
     
  11. Mo2

    Mo2

    Apr 8, 2016
    Perhaps you are correct. But I assume that Dlc would be a bigger difference but cerikote would be a far lower difference imho... I assume the preload would remove the coating, but didn't factor in the rest of it that will have to clear when pushed in. Regardless, more testing will be done. It is within spec and the performance does line up with a low hrc.
     
  12. Mo2

    Mo2

    Apr 8, 2016
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  13. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
    OK . So what if BM opted instead to sacrifice toughness for edge retention and high hardness ?

    Ain't some fool gonna purposefully break a blade and brag about it with pics . Maybe BM is afraid of not maximizing toughness for 3V for PR reasons . :confused:
     
  14. tomhosang

    tomhosang Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 17, 2017
    I think you're correct in that regard. Even so, 3V at 62 is 8 ft lbs higher on impact toughness than M4 at 62. They run their m4 at 62-64. So basically, they prioritized toughness in this knife (not edge strength, I'm talking about lateral toughness), in a lightweight platform. If someone tries to pry with it, the handle is gonna snap well before the blade ever does, even if they took it to 62.
     
  15. michaelm466

    michaelm466 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 5, 2009
    They have the Puukko listed as 57-59 (which is still too low IMO) I wander why they went even softer for the folder? I do still have hope though, as I remember when they first started with CPM-M4 they were running it 60-62 and maybe 2 years later bumped it up to 62-64.
     
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  16. H0kieengineer

    H0kieengineer Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 24, 2017
    Is there anyone from Benchmade on Bladeforums that we could invite to this conversation? Without them, we are shouting into the void.
     
  17. tomhosang

    tomhosang Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 17, 2017
  18. Mo2

    Mo2

    Apr 8, 2016
    I don't see what the problem is. They consciously made this product this way.

    This is just a thread to show the performance and what to expect.

    I would like to inform that this isn't just Benchmade that run steel softer. It just so happens this is kind of an extreme case in comparison. Instead of just buying labels/brands/trends. There is more than just a steel or steel composition.

    We have companies that are putting out m390 that performs less than there s30v. Heat treatment of s30v at 60hrc and m390 at 58hrc. In the large scope of the matter, hrc doesn't mean better performance. when the performance in tests by multiple people are repeatably showing less though,thats an issue. We're paying more and showing this brand of steel is more premium but without the actual performance that it's supposed to portray. Paying more for a steel model that has no or little benefits over the main steel of choice for that company. The value of these knives goes up due to the proposed performance even though the performance isn't performing over s30v.

    In anycase, if you look at the hardness tests. It does Hella roll instead of chip. And it's a rather thin blade. So yea. It's doing something they intended. But daymn, you should be able to get good results at 58-60hrc and get some better edge retention while we're at it.

    It just doesn't make sense to make a pry bar for a plastic handle pocket knife with these specs. Buyers just see 3v and gotta have it.
     
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  19. skyhorse

    skyhorse

    Jan 30, 2010
    I'd really like to know how a blade coating brings down the rockwell rating on heat treated blade steel ?
     
  20. H0kieengineer

    H0kieengineer Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jun 24, 2017
    But we can’t bemoan Benchmade’s design choices without letting them know what they should do differently.
     
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