11-08-2017, 01:34 AM
Join Date: Nov 2014
Rougher than a cob.
As you know, I bought both of the Ruger/CRKT collaboratives to do some research.
I found the larger 2-Stage to be too much knife to carry around for daily use, but one hell of a woods knife. That knife was sent to friend out west since he spends more time hunting and wilderness camping than I do.
I had two of the 2-Stage compacts. First off, they're not that compact. Laying on a table it would be tough to sort them out. But in handling them, they are slimmer, lighter, and more of the usual size we all know--four inch handle, 3.75 blade.
I'll admit, the blades are not very sharp or straight out of the box. I needed an Atoma 140 on every one to straighten them out and make the bevels uniform.
In doing that to the last one, I realized I liked the look. So I just carefully "polished" off the burr on the belly and tanto bevel and did some slices. Amaziningly, it would make a good sandwich knife, and also serve a warehouseman well whacking up cardboard.
In fact, I think it could slice through a leather jacket.
Right now I'm having truck trouble and I won't get the F-150 back for a few days. I'd like to showcase the knife, take some pictures and show how a folder shaped only with the coarsest stones I have turned out.
Don't cry for me, Argentina. I still carry a razor of a Kizer and a new Protech switchblade I just got. I figured I had enough scalpels, I needed a chainsaw!
Pictures to follow.
...No matter where you are it's enemy territory...