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Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by jacktrades_nbk, Mar 2, 2012.

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  1. TrapperMike

    TrapperMike

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    Nov 23, 2016
    I have only one peanut and mine is ss. It works well enough for me. I have CV in other knives and the performance imo is about the same. The cv is a bit easier to sharpen.
     
  2. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    I think it's the nickel.

    When I was still working as a machinist, we cursed when anything had to be done on the lathe or mills that was stainless. It was 'gummy' and very hard on the tooling. If a certain part in carbon steel could be done maybe 100 to 125 parts before the tool got dull, the stainless part would cause the tool to be resharpened after maybe 40-50 parts. Also the chips didn't fall clear but resulted in long streamers that would wrap around the cutting tool so the machine had to be stopped and some needle nose pliers used to pull off what looked like a bundle of barded wire wrapped around the end mill.

    Most of what we worked with was 303 and 304 stainless, and it was, to put it bluntly, a bitch. We all hated working with stainless steel. Whatever ss Case uses leaves that gummy wire edge that has be delt with if you end up with a nice razor edge. Rather than stropping, I like to take a freshly sharpened knife and go outside to a nice wood fence plank, then run the edge over the wood like I'm trying to slice down into it. Works well at taking of the wire edge.
     
  3. TrapperMike

    TrapperMike

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    Nov 23, 2016
    I have tried the wood post before and it does work well. I have never had a problem getting case ss or CV sharp. Some times it takes a little extra work on the ss bit I dont mind. My little legume performs just fine in ss. It might not patina but it still ages and tells its story just the same. It will last me for the rest of my life as long as I dont do something stupid like pry with it.
     
  4. jackknife

    jackknife Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Most people can't tell the difference between the steels in every day use. Many years ago, B.R. Hughs who did a ton of articles for knife magazines and was one of the original members and founders of the American Bladesmith Society, and a dear friend of Bill Moran, wrote a very interesting piece. He had 4 identical knives made with 4 different steels ranging from common to the steel of the year. He then had a large number of people try all of them whittling, cutting rope, leather, and other stuff. None of them could tell a difference when they all started with sharp knives. They cut until their hands were cramped and couldn't tell Mr. Hughs which one was which in performance.

    I really believe that if an identical test was done today, with knives labeled A.B,C.and D, most the steel snobs couldn't tell you the wonder steel of the month according to the knife magazines, and steels like 420hc or 440A. Even the most common steels of today are some very good stuff compared to a hundred years ago, or even 50. Case stainless will definitely get you through your day unless you break down cardboard boxes for a living or skin a brontosaurus.
     
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  5. Knifenorway

    Knifenorway

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    Apr 24, 2015
    Case stainless is without doubt a good steel, and I can not tell the difference between that and cv. I asked because it seems that cv is more popular among the knifenuts, but this might not be true. Jackknife, a test like that would be quite interesting.
     
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  6. Knifenorway

    Knifenorway

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    Apr 24, 2015
    [​IMG] Thought a picture was in order .:) yellow ss.
     
  7. TrapperMike

    TrapperMike

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    Nov 23, 2016
    Nice. Got love them yeller knives.
     
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  8. PaulS.

    PaulS.

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    Jul 16, 2018
    Just my observation about this forum when it comes to CV vs. SS. For some, it's CV (or any other non stainless carbon steel) or nothing and a few of these folks post quite often about their preference. Folks who are happy with SS don't seem to post much about it, maybe not wanting to start an argument or maybe because it doesn't matter to them. Unless they collect GEC, which doesn't do much (any?) stainless, my guess is an anonymous poll of the members here would show they have more stainless than non stainless knives, but I could be wrong.
     
  9. JohnDF

    JohnDF Gold Member Gold Member

    May 14, 2018
    Most (not all) of my GECs knives are Carbon
    Most (not all) of my Case knives are Stainless
    It's just what's readily available when it's time to purchase
    If I had my way, I'd have equal amounts of Carbon and Stainless knives
     
  10. TrapperMike

    TrapperMike

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    Nov 23, 2016
    As for me I am fine with CV or ss. Both have worked great for my everyday needs. In the past I have tried modern knives with "supper steels". I was not overly impressed. They might hold a working edge a little longer but not enough longer to justify the cost. I know other places on the forum it gets pretty hostile when discussing steels. I say if ss is good enough for case to use in there knives, it is good enough for me. I carry my peanut and vic recruit everyday. They are all I carry and all I need. Both were gifts from my kids and I have learned I dont really need anything else.
     
  11. jacktrades_nbk

    jacktrades_nbk

    Feb 7, 2007
    Happy Halloween my friends.
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  12. Shooter xix

    Shooter xix

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    Jul 30, 2018
    Couldn't agree more with everyone's points I think it honestly comes down to who likes what more. I like the cv steel just because I'm kinda old school like that but again my new ss nut isnt leaven my pocket anytime soon I just love the pattern to much to leave it at home
     
  13. hsherzfeld

    hsherzfeld

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    Mar 10, 2016
    I enjoy the patina that my CV blades acquire, and I find them easier to sharpen, but I can't see any difference in cutting performance between CV and Case SS. That being said, I buy CV first if I can find the pattern, scale color, etc. that I want. I agree that an option from Case for custom orders would be very welcome indeed.
     
  14. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
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    Finally the AGR Pinched Peanut has arrived!
    It's everything as described earlier by others in this thread.
    It has immidiately been put to work and to my surprise it is the smaller blade that is used the most.

    Regards
    Mikael
     
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  15. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    I'm happy to hear that you like it! That little Wharncliffe is a very handy blade!
     
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  16. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    Like it? I adore it!
    The Wharncliffe is a first for me and I think the penblade compliment the mainblade in both looks and functionality.
    I have had a Camillus singleblade for many years now, so I'm not new to peanuts but the penblade gives the knife that little extra.
    Now starts the break-in procedure and I will put my own edge on the blades, making them "Carpentersharp".

    Regards
    Mikael
     
  17. Peregrin

    Peregrin Traditional Forum Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    Great to hear! I sharpened mine up when I got it. That VG-10 takes a great edge and keeps it!
     
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  18. Mikael W

    Mikael W Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    I have great confidence in VG-10 from my use of Fällkniven models + the Hattori version of the Kershaw 1050 Folding Field.
    The Camillus in 440A takes a wicked edge, but IMO VG-10 at RC 59-61 offers a lot more of wearresistance.
    The Camillus single blade is really lightweight at 0,7oz (20gr) and the AGR is 1,4oz (40gr).
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    The Camillus made short process of a 14' x 4' cardboard package for a kitchen worktop and was still sharp.
    So I think 440A does the job well, but over time the edge will wear down a lot faster than VG-10.
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    I expect the AGR to manage a lot more before dulling, time will tell.

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    The peanuts are very elegant designs compared with my other small alternatives.
    A combo of the AGR + the Ps4 will be my choice of minimalist tools.


    Regards
    Mikael
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2018
  19. Shooter xix

    Shooter xix

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    Jul 30, 2018
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  20. Will Power

    Will Power

    Jan 18, 2007
    The AGR looks like a Mercedes type Peanut :cool: Very likeable :thumbsup:

    Misread the title thread just now, thought it went CULL OF THE PEANUT :eek::D:D
     

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