I LOVE Victorinox steel!

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I like Vic's steel because it is very easy to sharpen and it's easy to get a razor sharp edge.
But I do think it dulls and blunts much too easily.

If only they made their cutting blades in ATS-34 or S30V....
 
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I have to confess I like the stuff a lot!

Since my little classic is in a leather pouch sheath on my keyring, that is on a caribiner hanging from my belt loop, it's the most accsesable knife on me. I use it for everything. Opening mail, UPS boxes, breaking down boxes for trash, reaming my pipe bowl sometimes. When the blade starts getting a little dull, it's so easy to bring it back on a boot top, bottom of a coffee mug, top of a car window, or even just strop it on the cardboard back of a note pad.

I don't want some super steel that when it gets dull, I have to break out the diamond hones for an hours work to get an edge back on. I like that I can get my sak sharp again in a few minutes on a wide variety of materials at hand, with very little problem.

Judging from the world wide popularity of sak's, it must work for most people in the real world.
 
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I have to confess I like the stuff a lot!

I don't want some super steel that when it gets dull, I have to break out the diamond hones for an hours work to get an edge back on. I like that I can get my sak sharp again in a few minutes on a wide variety of materials at hand, with very little problem.

Thats a BIG ... 10-4 ... +1 ... right on! ... "couldn't have said it better" . :thumbup::D;)
 
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I must say that I agree. Vic. knives never disappoint for the price. I got a Vic. Farmer for under 20 bucks, and it is an amazingly versatile tool. Those allox handles look ultra classy, too. And it is my favorite knife to use, dull, and re-sharpen to a hair-launching edge.
 
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agree... for the price performance ratio, the blade steel is more than decent... i love the soldier and farmer alox so much that i got spares for years to come... for the price, not only the steel is more than decent, but the overall building quality of alox saks is just awesome!

if i want to carry lighter, the cellidor and nylon handle saks fits the requirement perfectly...
 
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I think that's the same steel CRKT uses in the Mini My Tighe. However, Vic must really have their heat treat dialed because the Tight couldn't hold an edge to save its life.

I really dig the Pioneer Apprentice!
 
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Gotta be Rostafrei , from that secret mill in Jamacia .

Chris
I have to say after reading the original RostaFrei thread........ I laughed for an hour... :D:D But, on topic, my alox vic (not sure which model, two layers, one blade) Came with a rolled edge, and I think it was NIB. I geuss I was the only one............ :(
 
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I used to put a 30° (inclusive) edge on SAK blades but decided that the edge was too delicate, so I started using a less aggressive 40° edge, and the blades seem to stay sharp much longer and are less prone to damage.
 
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I have to say after reading the original RostaFrei thread........ I laughed for an hour... :D:D But, on topic, my alox vic (not sure which model, two layers, one blade) Came with a rolled edge, and I think it was NIB. I geuss I was the only one............ :(

I don't think you are the only one, all my SAKs have required sharpening out of the box, the point is they only took 5 minutes each to sharpen to a razor, whereas my new 710 took 4 hours to reprofile to a useable edge :eek:(using a sharpmaker with diamond stones).

I don't mind Vic's steel at all but I think the blade geometry is where the SAKs really shine.
 

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Yeah, SAKs have extremely thin edge grinds and a full flat ground blade. That equals perfection! :)
 
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Yeah, SAKs have extremely thin edge grinds and a full flat ground blade. That equals perfection! :)

That's the way 99% of knives were made in the old days, before the tactical knife craze, and the perception that you need a knife that can stab through a car door.
 
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It's probably blasphemy to admit that I don't own a SAK, but I prefer carbon steel slippies for EDC. But I do have a few Forschner/Victorinox kitchen knives and absolutely LOVE them. They're hands down the best value in kitchen cutlery IMO.
 
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Say Heah Guy, Yeah, I needed to get a new Awl, My B.O.A. I just chewed that awl alot since I do use it in the bush, I also got a Gerber 600 with a awl, But I guess I'm just more use to a pocket knife, So I got a Victorinox Delemont Collection Ranger Grip 78, , WoW Thats A BIG knife, I really didn't need a saw, since I like my Folding Jab Saw I like the Lenox but the Milwaukee you can change the blade much quicker, But the saw on the Vox is impressive, I didn't think I wanted a Corkscrew either, But the more I thought about it the more I'll miss it, It makes short work out of untying knots instead of using my Merchin Marlin Spike pocket knife, Tools, Tools, Tools, But I love'um, Crap, New England just lost, , ,
 
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I love Victorinox steel. I love it in SAKs and in my kitchen knives (the only knives I use in the kitchen are all Victorinox; a Santoku, a paring knife, and a round-tipped serrated one). I carry a SAK every day, no matter what else I may be carrying. I also usually have my Swisstool Spirit on my belt.

Even though my main one-handed EDC is a CRK Insingo. There is always room for a Vic (or two).

Jim
 
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IT'S ALIVE! ALIVE! Arising from the dead, bringing back necro threads from the past that walk the cyberspace once more. We truly exist in an age of miracles!
 
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Yeah but .. wait! ... super steels have taken over.... or maybe not.

I don't think they hold a great edge and they do need to sharpened a lot but hey for the price and utility they are hard to beat.
 
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