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Question and Answer Thread

Discussion in 'Big Chris Custom Knives' started by Big Chris, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. frc505

    frc505

    684
    Jun 12, 2010
    Chris,
    I have another question for you if you don't mind do
    You have any plans for a larger camp/chopper style
    Knife say in the 7 to 10 inch blade length and either
    1/4th or 3/16th of a inch think if so could you please
    Give us some details about it such as what steel would
    Be considered for it,would it be a spear point,clip point, wharncliffe,also a estimated price point ? Thanks again

    Frank
     
  2. Big Chris

    Big Chris SAHD/Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 1, 2010
    I have not used REX 121 and really do not have any plans to.
    From what I have read about the steel it does get very hard, but sacrifices edge stability.
    The other downside to it is that I have only seen it available in rather thick plate, and that is not really what I'm in to.

    I actually do have plans to make some heavier duty camp knives.
    I recently sawed out 4 from some .270" thick PD1.
    The profile mimics my Bladesports Competition Chopper I recently finished.
    The geometry will also be rather close to that of my chopper.
    My other though for the knives is that they will be sized appropriately for competition.
    Based off the work I just put into grinding and finishing my chopper these PD1 choppers will be $650 plus.
    I also plan to do a few in clip point and Bowie styles as well.

    Thanks for your questions.
    Let me know if I am answering them adequately.
     
  3. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Chris,I have used 01for awhile, I have liked it's ability to sharpen and take a good sharp edge, but I have heard that it is not abrasion resistant, so what does that really mean? It will hold a good edge, so does that mean it will roll instead of chip? Just curious, since I have some early work of yours in 01. I have a hunter in 01 in 1/16, I seem to reach for it first for a utility knife.
     
  4. Big Chris

    Big Chris SAHD/Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 1, 2010
    O1 is not a wear resistant steel.
    It is a good general use tool steel.
    O1 does not have the composition to be highly wear resistant like 4V, M4, or 10V.
    The edge will still chip if too hard or roll if pushed past its limits.
    The lack of abrasion resistance is what makes it easy to touch up in the field with less than optimal equipment.
    If you cut a lot of abrasive material like cardboard, the edge will last a fraction of the time of a knife in 10V.
     
  5. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I also want to know your experiences with 3v, I have one of your test knives in it with a tapered tangs. I am not experienced enough to determine too much differences in blade steels, it can be said that any steel is fine if it meets one's needs and their are happy, but I am curious for how 3v would do compared to cpm 154, D2, or 52100. I know the 154 is stainless and the other two are carbon steels.
     
  6. rpn

    rpn Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Any plans for making full tang scrappers anytime soon?
     
  7. Big Chris

    Big Chris SAHD/Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 1, 2010
    3V is better than all those in my opinion.
    The composition with the addition of vanadium gives 3V much better edge holding.
    Although it is not a pure stainless steel, with the low temper option it is not far off.
    I still like 3V and feel that it does have a place, I am now playing with some of it's brothers and cousins.
     
  8. Big Chris

    Big Chris SAHD/Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 1, 2010
    Yes, I do have plans to make more Scrappers.
    I know that I have a couple in 52100 profiled out and one or two in W2 as well.
    Nothing in any other steels at this time, but it is a pattern that I enjoy making.
     
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  9. cbach8tw

    cbach8tw Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Thanks for the info, hope to see those Scrappers too. Have a great weekend.
     
  10. rpn

    rpn Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Woohoo! Like the sounds of 52100 with these. :thumbsup:
     
  11. Big Chris

    Big Chris SAHD/Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 1, 2010
    I have been quite pleased with the performance of the 52100 knives I have kept to use.
    Has very nice edge holding and I also like the cutting performance that it possesses.
     

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