- Jan 30, 2010
As do I!I like aus8 & 14c28n they are decent steels and have their place in fact I would like a Spyderco Shaman in 14c28n with red linen micarta scales- that being said my dad was born in1920 used a case large stockman or an old timer to process deer and other wildlife and for general use,I remember they were a carbon steel and would rust easily ,I would also wonder as a kid if they made a knife that didn't rust and why dad wasn't using it.
There nothing wrong with that. Just how much cutting would you want to do in a session? A lot of the steel snob attitude seems to come from people who are terrified by the prospect of ever sharpening a knife. I remember the old time neighborhood butcher or hunters just stopping every so often to touch up their knives before continuing. They were back at it in under 30 seconds and nobody cared.Probably used sharpening stones more often.
I remember the old time neighborhood butcher or hunters just stopping every so often to touch up their knives before continuing. They were back at it in under 30 seconds and nobody cared.
I have never put that much thought into steel. I leave that up to the maker, for the most part.
"Geometry cuts. Steel and heat treat determine for how long."
My Mother gave me some of her grandfather's pocket knives after he passed. They were all pretty cheap and mostly broken. I'll see if I can dig them up and snap a pic."Out of curiosity, what blade styles and steels did our grandfathers use before the dawn of high edge retention stainless steels?"
I inherited a few of his knives after he passed and they were all inexpensive knives he bought for a dollar or less and used until they were used up or broken. He had knives such as Imperial Jackmaster, Ideal, and some no name imports I think are Japanese. Most were carbon steel. It fits with his tastes in pretty much everything. He was modest and very frugal. That was common in his generation. He had a family to feed during and after the great depression and there were no stimulus payments or help available. For a while he shuttered his small farm and packed up everything and moved with the extended family to California where there were jobs available. He and his came back to Ohio and some of the family stayed in California.
He would have considered me soft in the head for buying expensive tool steel Spydercos for $140 and up. I have a decent sized collection of the old knives and still put a few in my pockets and use them. Those thin carbon steel blades sharpen easily and cut well. Not much abrasive wear resistance on rope and such but for some things like whittling they do pretty well.