New Model - Survivor Jr. - What do you think?

Discussion in 'Koster Knives' started by Daniel Koster, Jun 15, 2010.

Which would you prefer - longer? shorter? original?

  1. Longer blade

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  2. Shorter blade

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  3. Original blade length (9")

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  1. shaving sharp

    shaving sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    I vote for .266 thick blade stock.I like them heavy.
     
  2. arijer

    arijer

    745
    Jul 13, 2009
    I dont know much about knives yet, but i would say .210 for thickness. I have a Fehrman in a size similiar and i would a slightly thinner blade in that size would be super. Still take a beating but be lighter and faster. I dont think .266 is needed for that length. but honestly i could be completely wrong.

    Looking forward to this.
     
  3. MaxKi

    MaxKi

    16
    May 22, 2008
    +1 :thumbup:
     
  4. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    I can see arguments for both sides. .266 would be a bit of a brute and the grinds not going all the way to the top means a less steep angle - the edge getting thicker with each resharpening. But the extra weight would help with chopping and batoning.

    A lighter/thinner blade will slice better and the edge will not "thicken" as quickly with resharpening. Lighter is easier to carry. But we gotta remember that 0.210" is no slouch in steel thickness! It is thick enough for sure.

    Dan
     
  5. shaving sharp

    shaving sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    If .210 is what most think is best then lets do it.
     
  6. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    The prototype I got coming is 0.250" thick. I'll grind it out and check the feel. If it seems like it would benefit from a thinner stock, then I'll surface grind it down to 0.210 or so.

    I could get a better price if I could do this in a quantity of 50 or so. I may do that anyway, regardless of how many are ordered.

    Dan
     
  7. texastonydobbs

    texastonydobbs

    May 25, 2007
    So it going to be 3V ,not A2 like the Original ?
     
  8. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    That is an option I am definitely exploring.

    Any preferences?


    Dan
     
  9. texastonydobbs

    texastonydobbs

    May 25, 2007
    I prefer A2 over 3V but that is just me
     
  10. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    I have had zero complaints with the durability and toughness of A2.

    But I've also had zero complaints with 3V....:p


    At this size/thickness....pricing is nearly the same....in fact, sometimes the pricing for A2 is more....?!?

    And I can get 3V in 24x36 sheets, while I can get A2 only in 6x36 quarter-sheets.

    *shrug*

    Dan

    Dan
     
  11. texastonydobbs

    texastonydobbs

    May 25, 2007
    Okay .... Whatever helps keep the price down
     
  12. shaving sharp

    shaving sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    Dan,
    Any progress on the proto knife?
     
  13. Flatsman007

    Flatsman007

    Apr 13, 2010
    Did you ever get to grind the proto? I think we are all dying to see it. Did you ever decide on A2 or 3V for the run?
     
  14. Josh K

    Josh K Pirate

    Sep 29, 2008
    How about .266" with a nice hollow grind and a tapered tang?

    Price bump! :D
     
  15. wildmike

    wildmike

    Nov 17, 2007
    I'm interested especialy in the 3V. However on a blade this size I'd still prefer the .250 thickness.
     
  16. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Yeah, I'm starting to lean that way too.

    I have some A2 headed my way - I hope I can get a prototype cut soon!!!

    Dan
     
  17. shaving sharp

    shaving sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    Keeping the thread alive.
     
  18. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    I'm getting ready to start moving on this model...now that a few others have been wrapped up.

    Any last thoughts or suggestions?

    Dan
     
  19. Andrew Colglazier

    Andrew Colglazier

    Sep 14, 2006
    Dan, just dropped in and saw this. I see .210 being bandied about, but being number/math retarded, what does that translate to in fractions of an inch? For a knife this size, I would lean towards 3/16ths, myself, and A2 would be fine with me. Do you have a projected cost on this model?

    Andy
     
  20. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Price depends a lot on steel thickness and type.

    I can get A2 in 3/16" (0.188") or 1/4" (0.250")
    I can get 3V in 0.210" or 0.276"


    Here's an updated drawing:

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