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March 04, 2009, 21:20
I just bought one tonight. Found it at the pawn shop for $44. I talked them down to $35. Came with the cordura sheath.
Are these pretty good knives?
March 04, 2009, 21:28
Good deal. Yes, they are pretty good knives.
March 05, 2009, 04:50
If it American made carbon V it a good deal. I believe the current models are made in China. Sorry i am pickey what i buy. The japanese models cold steel knifes are very well made and out of good steel. I still will not buy Chinese made knifes cold steel or other brands.:(
March 05, 2009, 10:28
I have one made of Carbon V. I have several Cold Steel knives all made of Carbon V. They are all good knives. Carried it when I was working in Missouri. Finally ask the local Sherriff if he would let me carry on my Iowa permit. He said go ahead. BHP from then on. He was the sherriff when the guy got shot in Skidmore.
March 05, 2009, 10:36
I, also, have one of the CS Carbon V Recon Tantos...
I've been very happy with it...
March 05, 2009, 10:39
By the way, although I stay away from some Chinese products (like consumer electronics (DVD player, etc.) and optics), I have found that many of the inexpensive Chinese knives are quite good...
March 10, 2009, 17:20
Some info from one of the knife web sites.
Carbon V is a trademarked term by Cold Steel, and as such is not
necessarily one particular kind of steel; rather, it describes
whatever steel Cold Steel happens to be using, and there is an
indication they do change steels from time to time. Carbon V performs
roughly between 1095-ish and O-1-ish, in my opinion, and rusts like
O-1 as well. I've heard rumors that Carbon V is O-1 (which I think is
unlikely) or 1095. Numerous industry insiders insist it is 0170-6.
Some spark tests done by a rec.knives reader seem to point the finger
at 50100-B. Since 50100-B and 0170-6 are the same steel (see below),
this is likely the current Carbon V.
0170-6 - 50100-B
These are different designations for the same steel: 0170-6 is the
steel makers classification, 50100-B is the AISI designation. A good
chrome-vanadium steel that is somewhat similar to O-1, but much less
expensive. The now-defunct Blackjack made several knives from O170-6,
and Carbon V may be 0170-6. 50100 is basically 52100 with about 1/3
the chromium of 52100, and the B in 50100-B indicates that the steel
has been modified with vanadium, making this a chrome-vanadium steel.
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