Did some testing today on the Nitro V 17.5in Ring Choil model and was really happy with the performance. Nitro V is all I hoped it would be performance wise. It's Every bit as tough as 52100 or tougher while being completely stainless and having excellent edge stability.
Here' some pics from testing today. I blew through some downed hardwood and made some chops into a honey locust tree which is some of the hardest wood out there. I've chain sawed a few of them in the past and the chain saw always gets dull after a couple cuts
I also cleared a bunch of brush to get a feel for the new handle style and I'm very happy with it. Works great with or without a glove.
I found an old aluminum step ladder and chopped it to pieces. Took 8-9 chops through the aluminum with zero edge damage. Edge thickness is .29BTE and about 20 degrees per side or so.
Finally I did a flexion test. Went to 90 degrees and back several times with no issues.
Overall I'm really excited about the Nitro V and will be moving forward with it in my big blades.
Its also a complete dream to grind which makes my shop time a little more pleasant.
Zero edge damage
Blasting through some downed hardwood
Yellow Locust is some nasty stuff. The Fell Beast is just not heavy enough to make the wood chips fly. This where the felling axe comes out.