It's about where regular D2 would also be right?
That is about where I expected CPM D2 and 154 CM to finish. The CPM D2 might have done better if I hadn't used that Millie so much and had it start to thicken up like it is, but it never struck me as being better than ZDP-189 for edge retention. It has struck me as better than S30V, and it looks like the better S30V blades are in the same category as it, with softer S30V being worse than it. The 154 CM Rift at 61 RC struck me as being right there with S30V at 59 RC, so it would make sense that S30V at 60RC is better than the Rift while the Rift outperforms S30V at 58 RC. Thanks for the testing, it amazes me how much cutting and sharpening you get done in so short a period of time. This is a great thread for referencing how different steels perform compared to each other, and how the same steel acts much different at different hardnesses.
I hope that with the aogami super blue mule being released that it will be tested according to Ankerson's protocol soon.
This sure is getting interesting Ankerson. Kudos!
Any testings on CTS-XHP yet? My own opinion of the steel was that the edge retention was slightly less than S30V on abrasive mediums, but I sincerely hope I was wrong due to my having purchased an XM-18 in the steel.
Nice! and as I said it's getting more and more interesting. :thumbup:
The D2 Military did fine, it started right at 15 LBS of downforce so it was right inline with the other blades.
They are all reprofiled to 30 Inclusive, resharpened after testing and ready to go. :thumbup:
Thanks for the sharpening, now I can have something to reference and shoot for when I sharpen my own blades! You really are a testing machine, I don't know how you still have any arm or elbow nerves and ligaments that aren't causing you crippling pain after all of that cutting. After I get my latest shipment back from getting hardness tested I'll have to shoot you a message to see if any of them jump out as good test fodder.
I didn't go crazy with them, but they will all slice through TP clean easy, took them back to my testing sharpness standard.
Well, your quick and dirty edges are way sharper than most people can comprehend, so I look forward to trying them. I know what you mean about not going crazy with them, because I've spent an extra hour before trying to get every last shred of sharpness I can get out of a blade that is already hair whittling sharp, and in the end I go and make a couple cuts with it and that extra hour of time spent getting it showoff sharp is wasted because it instantly drops to the same sharpness my mere hair whittling edge would have achieved after those couple cuts. With a lot more practice on the Edge Pro I should be able to at least get close to your sharpness, which should be good enough to break down a box or two.
Great stuff Jim, that list is really filling out now. I think CTS-XHP will be a welcome addition...
I think I needs to get me a Gayle Bradley ASAP....