The "Ask Nathan a question" thread

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by JustinFournier, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007


    Yeah, I wouldn't worry about it. It's not unusual to find grit and rock in the bark and wood near the base of a tree. And certainly in the soil around it.

    This was our goal with optimized 3V, to achieve a level of durability at narrow edge angles against this kind of edge damage similar to other high performance steels like Infi. This is why we run our choppers harder than most, the dents are less severe when you inevitably do hit a rock. The steel is durable, but (like anything) it's going to take some dings if you're using it with abandon. Which is the best way to use it. Put a micro bevel on it at 25 DPS and get 90% of the dings out and go smash the shit out of some more stuff, that what it's for. If you pick up a real ding that's going to require water cooled powered sharpening, send it back in for some love. :thumbsup:
     
  2. klugtrane

    klugtrane

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    Aug 16, 2020
    I'm not great at holding fixed angles either and have tried a few different approaches. I agree with others that you're not putting a scalpel edge on these things it's less critical to get all the nicks and catches out.

    I've been using (and mostly find ok) something like the Ruxin Pro sharpening system from Amazon (of which there are a hundred different names). I run mine with Edge Pro stones, and it's close to fool proof. You can adjust the angle to match the primary bevel (if you do want to move the bevel back to get the nicks out), and it's easy for me to get a good edge with that and a strop.
     
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  3. fonedork

    fonedork Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Nathan, want to make a forum knife? One that has "Bladeforums" or "Bladeforums 2021" stamped onto it some place. That would be cool.
     
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  4. vkp78

    vkp78 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 6, 2014
    @Nathan the Machinist , make some room in the inbox please. Its not an obtuse question.......this time
     
  5. Grenock

    Grenock Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 7, 2016
    Only time I am ever able to PM with Nathan is when he sends one to me telling me I am being a dick on the forum. Then, I reply thinking the door is open and he just ignores me. No love from that guy at all, good luck.
     
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  6. vkp78

    vkp78 Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 6, 2014
    Hahahahaha
     
  7. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    If you ever really need his attention like RIGHT NOW, post something with both his last name and 'retained austentite' on it.....:oops:

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  8. Grenock

    Grenock Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 7, 2016
    F*%k no! Isn’t that like saying Beetlejuice three times?
     
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  9. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Oh yes. He will do bad things to your precious

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  10. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    It's not enough to destroy (decompose) it. It will just decompose into something shitty. That's like re-heated coffee. It's not the same.
     
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  11. Big DJ

    Big DJ Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 29, 2013
    NEVER re heat coffee, drink it cold or send it to me.
     
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  12. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Nathan,
    Will the Notakatana have a purposeful design phase where the blade, geometry and overall form will be engineered toward some intended purpose?

    I'm thinking of the effort into design and testing and tweaking on the K18 with the end goal in mind.

    Or will it be like the Kephart with an emphasis of historical faithfulness?
     
  13. SwarthyGnome

    SwarthyGnome Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 1, 2018
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  14. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Well, he IS calling it a Notta-Katana...
     
  15. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
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  16. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    ^ holy crap that is horrible. I would never do something like that. They have their target setting on what appears to be a stone boulder. You're going to wreck your shit with that kind of nonsense. Use a wooden stump or something.
     
  17. moparsbob

    moparsbob Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 6, 2014
    I think it's a pile of sand, to absorb the blood?
     
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  18. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
  19. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    I was thinking sand when I saw that. Makes sense from a blood splattering perspective as well, sand guzzles blood
     
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  20. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    Why does it look like the guy is enjoying it?
     

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