Benchmade Nimravus

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Hi, I am going to be purchasing a Benchmade Nimravus. I see it comes in 154CM and M2 steel. Which blade type should I get. Also when I get one is there a way that you will be able to tell what type of steel the blade is made of. Thanks for your time and consideration.

JamEs
 
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Well, this thread should be in general discussion, as the Nimravus is pretty darn far from a traditional fixed blade. No doubt some helpful mod will move it soon...

The blade steel is marked on the blade.

BM does a wonderful job cryo treating their 154CM - I like it better than some S30V knives I have. I opted for a 154CM blade for myself. It rains a lot up here and I spend a lot of time lying in the mud, so rust resistence is a factor.

M2 steel is very wear resistent and can take a very thin edge. It has a tendancy to rust a lot, but it is a coated blade so I can't imagine that rust is a huge problem. Availibility is an issue with the M2 knives - newgrahamknives had some last time I checked. Finally, M2 will be harder to sharpen.

In the end, beyond a certain point the type of steel doesn't REALLY matter that much. What makes the Nimravus an awesome knife is superior edge geometry, a sharp tapered tip, a thin but tough blade, and a good factory sheath.
 

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Welcome to BF nitroice0069!

I am going to move this one where there will be more responses.
 
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Well, I have the 154CM knife and it's a great all-around blade. As far as i understand it from what I read over at benchmade Forums, M2 is the way to go if you plan on taking care of it. Althought coated, you do have to check for rust and keeped it oiled and what not.

No matter which way you go, it's a great knife. For me, it's my all-around campiung/house/yard knife. It takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'.
 
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The ATS-34 model is an old one, before BM used 154CM. They switched the base steel they use a while back.
 
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I had the great luck to get one on e***. It´s the 140HS, which i wanted.

After i cut an apple with an pure carbon and let it lay down for more than three hours and nothing happend, i believe, that rust is no real problem. So M2 is the stronger steel for sure and on such a thin blade i would always take it again.
 
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I have the M2 Nim that I love. Here's a great tip that I did with my knife; you're gonna have to use your imagination since I don't have one of those fancy cameras. I grabbed the sheath unscrewed it and on the outer side, put in an uncle mike's belt clip that goes with their belt clip holster. They give you a plastic ruler to adjust the thumb break: use it to get the clip. Take the metal clip out and insert it on the opposite side of the column that holds the knife's thumb break.

Now what you have is a light safe companion that can go on a belt or slipped IWB style in some sweats or attached securely behind a belt while being easy to take off. I like wearing mine behind the back (when trying to keep a low profile) as it's very secure but with the properly applied thumb pressure on the clip, easy to take off.

-willywonka
 
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