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Would you par $500+ for a Millie in CPM Rex 121? I would!

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Ben Dover, May 2, 2012.

  1. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover

    Aug 2, 2006
    And gladly. I'd probably buy two of them!:thumbup::)
  2. gine


    Sep 2, 2007
    Yes, and one in a para 2 as well....
  3. bdmicarta

    bdmicarta Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    I think as the sprint runs get more and more expensive there are fewer potential buyers out there. My frame of reference is actually the Paramilitary 2 but its sales have gone on a similar progression. Roughly speaking the production PM2's should sell for around $100, the sprint runs were originally in the $140-180 range. The Orange and Green ones sold out very fast for around $140, the blue ones took a lot longer at $180. On the secondary market the sprints still sell to some extent at much higher prices. To me this seems to define the upper price limit for most buyers at $180 or just below it. There are buyers at prices above $180 but fewer of them. Go above $300 and there will be fewer still. Whether there are enough buyers to justify a sprint run actually remains to be seen.
  4. phillipsted


    Oct 4, 2010
    I paid less than $140 for my orange Para2. ;)

  5. Popsickle

    Popsickle Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2010
    i would consider it thats for sure
  6. edctac


    May 7, 2011
    No way
  7. JDunn709


    Jan 7, 2009
  8. Huntsman Knife Co.

    Huntsman Knife Co. KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 10, 2010
    No. The military would be a bad platform for that steel. I'd want a thicker wider blade since CPM [121 is so hard and brittle

    Maybe the manix XL or something like that would be better.
  9. austinguy23


    Nov 29, 2009
    No, and I don't want Spyderco to become an elitist knife company that charges those types of ridiculous prices. Spyderco would lose its appeal.
    Last edited: May 2, 2012
  10. The Deacon

    The Deacon

    Apr 27, 2003
    No, but I can understand why some would. Besides being wrong handed for me, the Military is too large to fit in my back pocket and I have no need for blades that thick. So, I have no reason to want one. Plus, to me, CPM REX 121 is just another monochromatic grey blade metal. It won't cut any "better", it will just cut well longer and, since my most used knife rarely goes less than a few weeks between sharpenings and I actually enjoy sharpening my knives, "holds an edge forever" just isn't a selling point with me. But, I'd gladly pay twice that for a bolstered "Boye dent free" Stretch in Odin's Eye Damasteel with some nicely figured wood scales, and know that the Military and exotic steels are equally attractive to others.
  11. hank_rearden


    Jun 7, 2002
    "can be hardened to rc 72" but will likely be treated down to 66-68 is my guess. if you can design a knife that can do anything from shaving to cutting hand cuffs to scratching grooves on files, maybe i'll consider. on a millie, maybe a sandwich blade. just don't use 420J for the other halves.

    as to pricing the millie, it has to be benchmarked with the product of a top custom maker using the same steel. if that maker can crank out something cheaper, it doesn't make sense to offer the military at a higher price, even with an ultra-short sprint run.
    Last edited: May 2, 2012
  12. ibute21

    ibute21 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 26, 2010
    I'll pass and I'm a fan of the Military platform. I don't have any qualms about using $200+ knives at work and I just don't see the appeal of that steel in a knife for me. I do like sharpening my knives and this just seems like it would be just too much head ache for me to sharpen,even if I'm touching up the edge. Corrosion resistance isn't a problem for me either. YMMV.
  13. shqxk


    Mar 26, 2012
    No, CPM Rex 121 sound to be indestructible steel while Military has kind of light usage construction.
  14. shunsui

    shunsui Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    How much for the Mule ? ;)
  15. Ankerson

    Ankerson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    It would be the cost of that steel (REX 121) and expense of making it into knife blades that would drive the cost up that high.
  16. Ken44


    Jun 29, 2005
    No way. Can't imagine anyone would pay that. Well, someone may, but not many.

    I may not even use one of my CF M390's, since I have a CF BG42 that I've been using for a while. They all cut, and I don't mind, and kinda like, sharpening.
  17. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    No, I would have to pass. That is custom folder price territory.
  18. Dingle1911


    Nov 28, 2005
    Too pricey for my to buy one, but I understand those that would. I would rather get a full custom at that price.
  19. parbajtor


    Nov 24, 2010
    It's not just the cost of the steel, it's basically a ceramic belt per inch of grinding. Farid was getting readings of between 44 and 57 HRC in the supplied (annealed) state.:eek:
  20. Ankerson

    Ankerson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    Yes I know, that's what I ment about the expense.

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