Question about my Ritter Grip

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Hello, I've been EDCing a large Ritter grip for 2 months. I've noticed that the edge begins to dull quite quickly with only light cutting (envelopes, string, tape, light whittling). I also have several areas with what appears to be "micro roll-overs". This is a factory edge that was shaving sharp out of the box. Even after touch-up with a diamond rod, and stropping it barely shaves hair. Now, nearly every review of this knife i've read praises S30V steel for edge holding and toughness. Has anyone else experinced this or am I suffering from sharp-fever. In all other ways, I love this knife!! Please help.
 

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This is a great knife, but I, too, have a problem keeping it sharp. When I look at it with an 8x lupe, I notice a lot of small chips. This is the main reason that I was thinking about upgrading to the M2 version.
 
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Cool, I'm not alone in this! Anyone else :eek:


Can't upgrade to M2, I'm in Canada and by the time I paid exchange and duty for my current knife . . . well, it was expensive. The M2 looks wicked though . . .
 
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There seems to be an issue on these knives that, when they were sharpened by the manufacturer, they got the edges too hot. (most manufacturers use belt sanders) It has been sugested to simply resharpen the edge a "few" times to remove the overheated steel and get to the "good" part of the blade.
 
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Are you sure you're removing the wire edge after sharpening? Frequently, they don't at the factory. That's why I usually sharpen my knives first thing after getting them. I have an S30V Sebenza and Benchmade 921 I haven't had this problem with. That small, tough, wire edge S30V forms could be the reason for your micro-chipping and failure to be truly sharp. Just a guess...maybe you got a bad ht one.
 
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I think warden may be right - I've had my Ritter since Christmas, and have not experienced any problem with it. I touched it up with my EdgePro, just cuz I could (!), but it's still shaving sharp after several weeks of EDC.
 
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Now you guys have me wondering if I should get the S30V Ritter Grip, or the Cabelas Benchmade Griptillian with the D2? I have other knives with both of these steel types and have been very happy with both of them. Which one do you think? Thanks.
 
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I don't think you could go wrong with either! I think they're both great knives with excellent steels! Frankly, I went with the Ritter on the basis of blade shape and grind. Otherwise I'd be quite happy and uncomplaining about the Cabela D2 version!
 
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BenchmadeBoy said:
Hello, I've been EDCing a large Ritter grip for 2 months. I've noticed that the edge begins to dull quite quickly with only light cutting (envelopes, string, tape, light whittling). I also have several areas with what appears to be "micro roll-overs". This is a factory edge that was shaving sharp out of the box. Even after touch-up with a diamond rod, and stropping it barely shaves hair. Now, nearly every review of this knife i've read praises S30V steel for edge holding and toughness. Has anyone else experinced this or am I suffering from sharp-fever. In all other ways, I love this knife!! Please help.

Do a real resharpening with some stones. I doubt you will go far with the rod.

You have to remove the factory edge. If the problem remains after three times fresh resharpening (yes, the whole procedure like written in the FAQ, with the raised burr and all:D ) call Benchmade.

What´s about the M2 thing?
 

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Who or what is "Ritter" and what does this have to do with Benchmade?

Isn't this covered by the Benchmade warranty and sharpening program?
 
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DGG said:
Who or what is "Ritter" and what does this have to do with Benchmade?

Doug Ritter is a 'survival expert' of sorts. He has a website you can visit, or you can just check out the Ritter Grip, which is a collaborative effort between Doug and the folks at Benchmade. Basically, it's a Griptillian with better steel and a nicer blade profile.

Peace.
 
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Doug Ritter tests survival equipment, especially naval and aviation related, and designs a few items himself. He's contracted with Benchmade to make a version of the Griptilian (several versions, actually, I guess) with some of the features he prefers (steel, blade shape and grind). He made an announcement on this forum yesterday that there will be a limited run of his models in M2 steel.

For more info, check www.equippedtosurvive.com for Ritter's stuff, and here in BladeForums, look for a sticky by Joe Talmadge entitled something like "Steel FAQs" for info on M2, a posting yesterday about Ritter's Benchmade knives, and at www.benchmade.com for the "Ritter MSK" version of their Griptilian.
 
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The Ritter is severely overpriced and now with the price hike it's just ridiculous:barf: . It's a nice knife but you can get a S30V Native for $40 which is just as good or better for a lot less money.
 

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BenchmadeBoy said:
Hello, I've been EDCing a large Ritter grip for 2 months. I've noticed that the edge begins to dull quite quickly with only light cutting (envelopes, string, tape, light whittling). I also have several areas with what appears to be "micro roll-overs". This is a factory edge that was shaving sharp out of the box. Even after touch-up with a diamond rod, and stropping it barely shaves hair. Now, nearly every review of this knife i've read praises S30V steel for edge holding and toughness. Has anyone else experinced this or am I suffering from sharp-fever. In all other ways, I love this knife!! Please help.

I suspect that you may possibly be having an issue with a sharpening wire edge situation, as noted in some previous posts. Suggest you may want to review the Sharpening FAQ. The handful (not even, actually) of this sort of complaint that have been received have all turned out to be wire edge related sharpening issues. However, in the unlikely case that there is a problem with the heat treat, Benchmade stands fully behind their warranty with their great customer service, as always. Hope this helps.
 

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Knifemaster said:
The Ritter is severely overpriced and now with the price hike it's just ridiculous:barf: . It's a nice knife but you can get a S30V Native for $40 which is just as good or better for a lot less money.
While I respect your opinion, thankfully (from my POV and those who seem to appreciate the knives), not everyone agrees with either of your assessments.:D But, that's the sort of differences in opinion that provide the immense variety we all enjoy, which is a very good thing.
 
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Critter said:
While I respect your opinion, thankfully (from my POV and those who seem to appreciate the knives), not everyone agrees with either of your assessments.:D But, that's the sort of differences in opinion that provide the immense variety we all enjoy, which is a very good thing.

Well said.
 
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