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Old January 28, 2018, 14:31   #1
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spyderco CPM S30V

Recently bought a Manix II after the raves about these "super steels" (I prefer carbon when possible } my initial impression is that its not that great as there is chipping on the blade after light use ( tape and cardboard ) so time to re-sharpen and see what that brings...was planning on getting a ZT but IDK now, anyone have similar experience with Spyderco or ZT for that matter? seems reviews very a great deal {on cmp s30v anyway}

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Old January 29, 2018, 16:00   #2
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My experience with S30V steel is that it is no better than any of the other steels used on other mass produced knives. It holds an edge okay, not great, but okay, and it dulls just like any other knife. There ain't anything super about S30V.
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Old January 30, 2018, 03:11   #3
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In 2009, Crucible Steel introduced an update to CPM-S30V to meet the needs of renowned knife maker Chris Reeve that they called CPM-S35VN. The addition of 0.5% Niobium, and reductions in both Carbon from (1.45% to 1.40%) and Vanadium (from 4% to 3%) produced an alloy with 25% increase in measured Charpy V-notch toughness over S30V (Crucible claims 15-20% improvement). Working chefs and outdoor survivalists laud the improved toughness of S35VN, which greatly reduces the micro-bevel chipping that tends to plague S30V in rough use. In these kinds of applications the obvious benefit of quick honing of an S35VN blade with a strop or steel stick in lieu of needing to remove metal and reform the edge puts S35VN at an advantage over S30V.
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Old February 03, 2018, 06:12   #4
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Should have gotten one with Carpenter steel .

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