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Spyderco Military

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Dec 18, 1998
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I just bought a plain edge today and it is just beautiful! I never really noticed the large belly of the blade on the ser. version, but it is quite pronounced on the plain edge. A beautiful design.

This knife is truly a marvel and I am curious...did you design this Sal? Whoever was responsible, I send my compliments.

[This message has been edited by Ronald Reagan (edited 23 January 1999).]
 

Sal Glesser

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Ronald - Thank you, yes it was my design, but I certainly had some help from our R&D dept in "making it so". The Military is also designated as our "in house lab rat" which will be used to test different materials.
sal
 
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The edge on my military did not come shaving sharp out of the box so I attempted to sharpen it oon my Sharpmaker with very little results!

I am not very good at sharpenning knives but usually, the user friendly design of the Sharpmaker provides results.

Any tips on how I could make my military shaving sharp with my Sharpmaker?
 
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Ronald,

It may just be your not be accustomed to CPM440V. The stuff is incredible for edge holding but the trade off is the labor required to sharpen it. More to the point it can take many times as long to get a great edge. And with the Sharpmaker you may not be aligned perfectly with the factory bevels. This exacerbates things even more as you are slowly removing metal to create a new bevel.
Check the FAQs available through the home page here on Bladeforums.com for Joe Talmadge's sharpening hints. He'll describe a method using a magic marker to tell if your strokes are matching the manufacturer's bevel angle or not. Use this technique to obviate the tremendous amount of extra labor you'll need to expend to cut your own new bevels. But as I've said, it'll still take a lot more time than you're used to to get this tough steel sharpened, but it is worth the effort!


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-=[Bob]=-

Keep yer powder dry and cutters hair poppin' sharp!


 
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WOW! A Spyder that WASN'T shaving sharp out of the box? I'm sure they exist somewhere, but after examining hundreds of 'em and owning probably at least thirty, I have never seen one. Ronald, you shouldn't have sharpened it. I think you should have stuck it away as a COLLECTOR'S ITEM.

Seriously, do as Bob instructed. 440V takes some EXTRA patience to do right.
 
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Hello, I love the Military, too. My all time favorite Spyderco knife. It ranks up there with my other favorite knives. Besides the blade style, thickness, and overall size, the CPM-440V is an excellent steel. Wish a lot more knives had this steel.

I have the ones that were produced with the old style pocket clip and finger choil...just before the newer pocket clip and no finger choil models came out. I do like the older version better...for the choil, mainly. Very Nice Knife Indeed!


Mark



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[This message has been edited by Mark W Douglas (edited 22 January 1999).]
 
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It takes a while to get the Military sharpened for the first time on the Sharpmaker, but once you have it done, it's easy to touch up.

Don't give up, it will work eventually. I make my Military so sharp that the hair on my arm just leaps off at the sight of the blade!


--Doug
 
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Doug's reply:
"I made the blade so sharp that the hair on my arm just leaps off at the sight of the blade", that's a killer. I laughed so hard when I read that, I almost chucked my spleen! Our pets in the house scrambled at the sound of my laugh and didn't emerge for an hour...gotta' love that epic response!


 
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I own an older model Military and I love it.
I do have two questions:
First: Does anyone have any suggestions for keeping the clip secure? It seems I stripped one of the holes and have to tighten the other quite frequently to keep it from moving around. I do not plan to get rid of the knife as it is like a member of the family to me and goes everywhere with me. I would like to hear ideas though.
Second question: Does anyone know where I can get a New version of the Military? I am looking for a plain edge and the local knife store(the only one in the area ) besides their selection of cutlery as well as their lackluster service, leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Cheers to Spyderco.

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Norwegian Misfit

"When strong, appear weak"



 

Sal Glesser

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William - Please contact out distributor in Norway. Check the Spyderco.com website for the numbers. They are an excellent partner in our international network. I'm sure they will be able to get anything you want.

Regarding the loose clip, I'm afraid this will have to go back to the factory for repairs or scale replacement. Check with the distributor regarding how they would like to handle that.
sal
 
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