Could S35VN be the Best?

Discussion in 'Buck Knives' started by bucksway, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. bucksway

    bucksway Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 7, 2007
    Ever since Buck came out with the BCCI 110 and 112 in S35VN I have wanted to try it..I even dug in my rare odd 112 collection and had both of my build outs (1 of 46 and 64) in my hand trying to choose which one I was going to cut stuff with and put both back lol! I did take my BOTM 112 in S30V out of the box and started using it right away just to see if it was THAT much better than good ol 420. All I really noticed was that it stayed a little bit sharper just a little bit longer. I was underwhelmed...So when I found a fantastic deal on one of the new Copper and Clad 'Slim Pro Plus' 112's on the bay I jumped at the chance to try it..I had it in my pocket today and am going to use it exclusively for the next few weeks to see how it compares to S30V and the 420 regular Slims I have. First test was cutting some really hard blood pressure meds a few minutes ago and sure enough it went right thru them much better than the 420 Slim I've been using..But this 112 is perhaps the sharpest Buck I've seen right out of the box! I'm really looking forward to seeing if this 'Super Steel' is really super. Looking online it's listed as one of, if not the best, knife steels out now. If any of ya'll have first hand experience with S35VN in hard use let us know how it compares to other Bucks you have. I always thought there was not much difference in practical use but I have the feeling I was wrong..This 112 is sharp!
     
  2. afishhunter

    afishhunter

    Oct 21, 2014
    "Could S35VN be the Best?"

    For what?

    I don't know how it compares to S35VN for holding an edge or ease of sharpening, but I believe SK Blades has a 110 with a S110V blade.

    From my experiance, Buck does a great job with the (note quotes) "lesser" steels like 420HC, 440C, and CPM154 (only blade steels I have from Buck ... well I have a couple slipjoints made offshore with 420J, I think it is, too.)

    I don't think I need anything (note quotes) "better" than what I have.
    They all do what I need, and are easy enough to touch up on the bottom of an (empty) coffee cup on the rare occasion (dry) stropping isn't enough and they need it. :)
     
  3. Lesknife

    Lesknife Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Mar 31, 2018
    I don’t have any in S35vn ..yet..but I have a 110 and a Vantage Pro with cpm 20cv blades and they are excellent. The main reason is for better corrosion resistance but they stay sharp for a long long time. I have several in s30v and they are very good. I know that some people have difficulty sharpening s30v but I don’t and they stay plenty sharp for a long time. I’ve heard mixed feedback on comparing s30v and S35vn but most say they are very close only the S35vn takes a finer edge. I wouldn’t mind having a 110 like the September BOTM in S35vn. There’s a lot of people who like S35vn so it must perform very well.
     
  4. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    I Googled SK Blades to ascertain if they had a 110 with an S-110-V blade and came up with nothing. Can you provide more information? Thanks!
     
  5. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
    I think it was S90V?
     
  6. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    So I’ve got an S-90-V Spitfire, but it’s not a 110 Model. I just need to know if there is a Buck out there with an S-110-V blade. I have a couple, but they’re custom made.
     
  7. bucksway

    bucksway Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 7, 2007
    The best all around steel..I personally don't have a lot of experience with anything but 420..I do know this S35VN is the absolute sharpest knife I have ever had..I was trimming my left thumb nail last night and just BARELY touched my right thumb ..It has a 1" slice 3/8" deep..
     
  8. afishhunter

    afishhunter

    Oct 21, 2014
    I may be mistaken on the steel.
    They may be sold out. I didn't see one on their website just now; "just" the S20VN 110.
    I may have been thinking if that one.

    I know they are sold out of the 112 with a D2 blade. ("'Lil Jack" I have one.)
     
  9. tiguy7

    tiguy7 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 25, 2008
    S20VN does not show up on the steel composition chart. Just sayin’.
     
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  10. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 17, 2015
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  11. Lesknife

    Lesknife Platinum Member Platinum Member

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    Mar 31, 2018
    A few weeks ago Steve at Skblades dropped a hint there could be some of the new cpm s45vn Blades in the near future. After seeing the composition data I’m very intrigued by it. Looks kinda like a cross between S35vn and 20cv. With a good amount of chrome 16-17 %.
     
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  12. kossetx

    kossetx Gold Member Gold Member

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    Apr 11, 2017
    When one looks at the charts, they're virtually the same. I don't use the S35VN enough to say different.
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  13. David Martin

    David Martin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    As far sharpest. That is something I would have a hard time testing far. How long it holds an edge I can test. The top knife in post 10 of Makael's. The one with the S90V blade holds it's edge the longest. I've taken it thru the steps several times on different mediums. I can't say it's head and shoulders above s60v but enough you know it. DM
     
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  14. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    David ya ever test bg42? if so howd it fare, Sir? thank you.
     
  15. David Martin

    David Martin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    I don't own a knife with that steel. I missed out on them. Shucks. DM
     
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