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Old 09-19-2017, 04:25 PM   #1
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Surprised, delighted, and a bit confused.

As you know, my two "compact" Ruger/CRKT 2-Stage knives and the Kizer were delivered today. I'm not disappointed, but it's not what I expected.

I just finished taping the first "compact." When I went to my jeans for the regular sized model, you could barely tell the difference in size. While not perfect, the new bevels on the belly and the tanto edges at least were in the same zip code, although I will have to spend far too much time on re-profiling with the 140 Atoma.

But these knives are tanks, they're made to take a pounding. And they get sharp, it's just that you have to work at it.

Then there's the Kizer G-10 Linelock. I can see why Doc loves these knives so much. They are flawless.

The edge reminds me of the early Emerson edges. They appear dull and a tad rough, but they are razor sharp. It does not have a KVT or IKBS pivot system, but it rolls open quite smoothly.

However, I wanted a pocket knife, not a Scottish claymore sword! Yikes, I slipped the knife into my knife closet and it makes all of my other folders look tiny and flimsy! Well, it's going to take me a day or two to polish the first "compact," so I can decide the fate of the Kizer. Right now it doesn't need metal removed to perfect it or sharpen it.

...oh well, an Atoma is calling me...
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Old 09-19-2017, 04:30 PM   #2
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Surprised, delighted, and a bit confused.

Reminds me of my first time with a woman!!
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Old 09-19-2017, 04:44 PM   #3
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Reminds me of my first time with a woman!!
I just finished re-profiling the belly edge on the first compact. It was a bit underground on the ricasso end. About 1/2 inch at the front of this belly bevel (which touches the tanto edge), did not quite form an edge, at all.

Not a disaster. A little ink, a little elbow grease and about ten minutes got it 90% right. The next few stones will also remove metal, but at a slower rate. I'm about where I want to be at this stage.
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Reminds me of my first time with a woman!!
Made to take a pounding?

You have to work at it?
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Old 09-19-2017, 05:26 PM   #5
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Made to take a pounding? You have to work at it?
Yeah, it's like polishing a crowbar. I just wanted to have some folders (and the 3V Bradfords) that could go anywhere at a moments notice and never fail.

And let's face it, if I can't re-profile, repair and then polish any edge at this point in my career, it's time to take down the shingle.

I mean, think of the ancient togishi polishers of Edo. The shogun's Samurai would come back from battles (sometimes engaging thousands) and the craftsmen were to make the katanas as good as new. The phrase is, "The katana is the soul of a Samurai."

This is just a jackknife. It will shave when I'm done. It's just that "done" could mean "Thursday."
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You're killing me, when are we going to see these bad boys? You usually do before and after pictures.
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Old 09-19-2017, 06:45 PM   #7
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This first 2-Stage wasn't the bad one. The second one looks worse.

I haven't decided what to do with the Kizer yet, it's really sharp. By the end of the week, I should be done with this one.

One of our dogs needed surgery, and my left cataract is slowing up the work.

If anything, the slow monotonous work has provided some comfort.
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Originally Posted by Longhorn View Post
Reminds me of my first time with a woman!!

That's funny chit right there however I can relate.


I must have pics of the knives to even come close to knowing what Chico is talking about.
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Okay, let me get some coffee first...

Since our dog might come home this morning, both my wife and I skipped the gym. I'm planning to take a 320 and make a cut over the scratch pattern of the Atoma. It might be enough to make the edge uniform, or it might not.

I'll take a picture then. If you click on the picture, it enlarges the image. You can compare both ends of the bevel. I might have to go back to the Atoma.
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If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you'll a rounded curvature near the ricasso (the back of the edge) and the tanto bevel is rounded and crooked.

If this knife was going to Doc, all of that would have to be removed and made uniform in width, front to back and left to right.

But this is my knife, and over time and sharpening, that little "heel" in the back will be polished off, and I think I can get the tanto bevel straight on the first sharpening.

I like the big knife, it's perfect for a Saturday at the mall or cleaning the garage. I think this model might be easier to carry.

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