- Nov 16, 2012
I've bought and sold so many knives over the past year trying to find the one I like best. I had both inexpensive and expensive ones (Hinderer, Strider, Chris Reeve, Benchmade, Zero Tolerance, etc...) throughout this journey. They all are great knives but I've made full circle and have settled on the Hinderer XM series, more specifically the 3" XM. I've also tried many different blade steels during this journey as well and really fell in love with S35VN. Anyway I've been wanting to try one of the new Gen 5's. I'm really liking the sheepsfoot blade but I have no experience with the new steel Hinderer is using, CPM 20CV. Anyone with hands on experience with this steel please chime in and tell me your thoughts. I really like the ease of sharpening and edge retention of S35 so how does it compare to CPM 20CV especially in Hinderers since every manufacturers heat treatment is a little different. Also any thoughts on the new XM Gen 5. Thanks!