- Dec 11, 2020
Their 4116 isn't great, but it's "okay." Sounds like it's way better than 4034. But I agree, bring back AUS-8/AUS-10.I got a Cold Steel Kiridashi 4034 steel real cheap (21.00) to try it out. Been using it at work, and im not too impressed by it. Cut some cardboard, plastic straps,nothing too heavy,The edge doesnt last too long,it resharpens pretty easy but like others say, its not really that great .I wouldnt break the doors down for it.Its neck and neck with 3cr13 which is another sock puppet steel. Had a Kershaw Diskin in that steel it dulled when the wind blew.I think for their AUS10 is light years ahead of this crap. They should use AUS10 instead of 4034 and 4116 as their minimum steel.
Honestly, I'm confused as to why GSM seems to be doubling down on China. It's a weird move and the must not have a good grasp of geopolitics. China is having massive internal problems ATM, and it will continue for the foreseeable future. The zero-COVID policy is destroying their ability to export anything, and the price of steel keeps going up. This will continue to present issues as their demographics are destroyed by the fallout of the one-child policy. There is also the risk of sanctions, which is increasing as China continues to threaten Taiwan. The threats to Taiwan will increase as China has internal problems, as creating an "other" usually serves to unite a country and distract it from the real issue at hand.
I just don't get it. I have no issues with them having production in Taiwan, as Taiwan seems to be very good at making knives for a great price, but mainland China? The days are numbered there. Increasing reliance on them is insane and frankly, idiotic at this moment.