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I'm assuming you mean the sebenzas when you talk about Chris Reeve knives withstanding the elements. I would think they would handle the elements just as well as any other folder out there. Not that it makes much of a difference, but sebenzas are all metal instead of having some parts being plastic. Whatever elements would break you before breaking the knife; well except maybe rust.
Concerning the one piece line, they are just solid A2. So basically they will get really cold when its cold and really hot when its hot. The blade will also transfer heat (or conduct electricity) rapidly to the handle (or vice versa) and thus the blade enviroment and handle enviroment are strongly connected.
What I would wonder about is rusting. I have seen unprotected A2 blades rust in a day or two in humid weather if the Reeve handles behaved similar (and I don't see why they would not unless they are covered/coated), then that would be a mess.
The One Piece line is coated with Kalgard, but A2, like most steel, is an excellent conductor.
Titanium is also conductive, but not susceptible to oxidation. BG-42 is a stainless steel, but the stonewashed surface does seem to be very tough and resistant compared to satin and bead blasted surfaces.
I would first say that I agree with Cliff. The A2 in my Mountaineer seems to hold up quite well to general use, especially considering the previous owner had sanded/polished all the coating off the blade forward of the handle and guard. It actually looks nice, and I haven't had any problems with corrosion, however, I haven't used it in severe or adverse conditions. I added a piece of shrink tubing (another recommendation I got was small cross-section inner tube) around the handle for a bit of increased comfort, so temperature changes have not been a consideration for me.
I'm very impressed with the BG-42 as used in Sebenzas, so much so, that when I ordered my TKK from Trace Rinaldi, I specified BG for the steel. Both my small Sebenza and TKK have seen alot of use, and are holding up exceptionally. I've become a big fan of BG-42 as a result of my experience with these two knives.
The pen is mightier than the sword...outside of arm's reach. Modify radius accordingly for rifle.
Cliff, the whole piece, including handle, is coated. I will have to devote more time before I can comment on wear, but light oak and old rose bushes didn't leave a mark.
The handle is quite comfortable, perhaps because the less than 6" blade length is very well balanced, but could definitely be improved. This would be especially important when using the knife for long periods. The handle on the 12" version of the same knife gets hot much quicker, but I have not put it to extensive use. I am exploring options to improve the handle comfort and decrease conductivity, as a bare steel bar is not what I am used to in a tool.
I have the small, Sebenza w/BG-42 and the Mountaineer 1 and have used both quite a bit while hunting & fishing. Also, I have done quite a bit of cutting in general with both and I couldn't be happier!
Both knives are great using knives and are well made in all respects....each has held up as good any any other custom I have ever owned. From a using standpoint I don't think you could beat either one...they take a good edge and hold it.
Since there are no temperature-sensitive handle scales you could renew the bake-on Kalguard easily. That's an important advantage of the design IMHO; I hate any coating I can't renew myself ... they all wear sooner or later.