I see your comment that they 'turned back to ATS-34.' A few months ago I had heard RUMORS, and I mean that I could NOT confirm the story, that Spydie tried some CPM-440V and it was less than successful due to a poor heat treat. I never read another thread. Is this true? Will Spydie offer more exotic blade steels? (Sorry to hear about the phasing out of the Michael Walker. I'm not a big Spydie defender, but that model was always one of my favorites.)--OKG
Beautiful SpyderLady Joyce Laituri explained me that turn to ATS-34 was done on Frank Centofante's request in case of Vesuvius.
As to CPM 440V stuff from SPYDERCO, I didn't hear these rumors but I have some my own experience with their knives in this steel. My STARMATE (# 702) is from first production run what they have made somewhat harder, about 59-61 HRC claimed. My Military with claimed 57-59 HRC holds the edge noticeably better.
Sal stated that now they are hardening regular production Starmates to the same hardness as Military.
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I've become a big fan of yours lately. Your "tell it like it is" reviews are immensely interesting. I also like the way you include many photos with the reports. It's the next best thing to actually seeing the knife in person. Thanks...Gene