(Joe: Yout probably right about what your saying, but it's summer, I'm bored. And for the last while I've been doing yard work for my mom. It was time for me to have some fun so I did the test anyway.)
Well guys, I'm back. Did a small amount of testing on my knife. I did some cardboard cutting, and then abused my knife for a bit.
The first thing I did was put a new edge on my knife(Its name is Chubby), and on one of my knives that is made of 1095(ontario Air force survival). And I cut up some card board boxes into equal portains. Then I did push cuts through the cardboard useing the exact same part of the blade, etc... All of the standard testing procedure. The cardboard was cut up into peices 20 inches long. And I did push cuts through them until I noticed the cutting to get slightly harder. Chubby(5160) did 12 puch cuts, the ontario did 13. Now neither of these blades was by any means dull, they just weren't hair popping sharp. But the thing is, they did pretty much the exact same edge holding wise. Chubby went through about 240 inches, while the ontario went through about 260. So they are pretty much in the same ball park(Just one note, I had my 5160 knife heat treated by Rob Simonich, so the better heat treat might be the reason why these 2 preformed so similar).
After that I went on to test the tip strength of Chubby. The first thing I did was Take a piece of wood i had in my garage(It was ceader) and slam the tip into it as hard as I could, then I would bend the knife so that the handle would touch the wood. Every single time the wood by the tip would chip out. After about 20 of these the tip was still good as new. Then I desided to drop the knife tip first on the my garage floor. It is made of Cement, so its pretty hard. I worked my way up from a 2 foot drop to a roughly an 8 foot drop. I did the tip drop thing about 15 times. It just took peices ot of the floor. No tip damage was taken. Then I took a 1/4 thick piece of 01 barstock(Anealled) and rammed the tip into it. I did it hard enough each time to be able to lift up the steel with the tip everytime. Now after about 20 of these, the tip was a quite a bit duller than it was when it started out, but not a problem. It doesn't look hard at all to make sharp again.
I would of done the test where you flex the knife in a vise, but I don't have a heavy vise to do that. The only one I've got is a light duty one.
And my last(And by far coolest looking
) test way to just throw the knife as hard as I could, tip first into the cement floor. I only did this a 3 or 4 times, but it was really cool looking, because every time I got sparks when the tip hit the floor. I was also smart enough to do this off in my corner of the garage, when no one would care if we had a few big chips.
Anyway, i though that the 5160 held up well for the testing I did on it. I'm sure I could of done alot more extreme testing, but I don't really want to break my knife.
PS: Just one more note. I now hate AOL. It was logged me off 4 times for some reason or another while I was typing up my post.
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