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Old 04-24-2018, 03:33 PM   #1
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I'm disappointed *sigh*

I wanted some simple knock around knives that I could polish and then use without guilt or remorse.

I ordered another Kershaw Barge, a Kershaw Spline and a Boker Plus Ridgeback. I imagined all the fun I was going to have polishing these hard-use knives.

Well, the joke was on me. All three of them came razor sharp with the worst flaw a bit of an over-grind near the right tip of the Barge. But truth be told, all of these will cut you to the bone right out of the box.

The Spline is already in my right front jeans pocket, with the Shiroi Kotaku San in my jean vest. Those two knives total perhaps 50 bucks and can slice anything.

As for needing a polisher, maybe in a month, or two...
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Old 04-24-2018, 04:17 PM   #2
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At least they didn't look like 1 I won at the gun show. This thing looks like it was the round 2 loser from Forged in fire, at least it's just a display knife and not actually meant to be used.
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Old 04-24-2018, 05:12 PM   #3
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I've been playing with the Spline. For an assisted opening knife it acts more like a switchblade. Good strong spring, nicely fitted liner-lock, a tad to the left, just the way I like 'em.

I did the "tickle the dragon" down the entire edge. It's a scalpel.
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Old 04-25-2018, 04:52 PM   #4
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Well, I laid the Barge aside for the day, and carried the Spline as my EDC pocketknife. It sliced everything, and poor Shiroi Kotaku San stayed in my jean vest.

They were out of shorter straws at the coffee cafe' but the little Spline made short work of that. Besides I wanted to see if the edge could take slicing through plastic.

It's made from the 8cro3 stuff so popular in China, but Kershaw had the smart idea to coat the thing with some type of Cobalt or Zinc. It's still spooky sharp after my trial(s) by fire.

Oh, and it's smaller size doesn't draw the insidious stares of millennial social warriors when I'm busy eating a Subway...
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Old 04-26-2018, 06:23 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by The Tourist View Post
I did the "tickle the dragon" down the entire edge. It's a scalpel.
Description please, for us gun-nuts-not-knife-nuts... (I like dragons, I just think tickling them may not be the first-best choice?)

p.s., STOP eating at subway! Junk food!
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Old 04-26-2018, 06:06 PM   #6
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Tickle-The-Dragon is a technique where you place your first three fingers on the edge of the blade, and wait as your heart sends the tremors of individual beats down your hand.

This is the same reason why a scope seems to jump around when you set up to shoot at distance. You're not wiggling, your heart is simply throbbing your circulation.

If this heartbeat makes it feel that your fingers are being nibbled by tiny piranha, then the edge is considered sharp. The knife is actually cutting into your fingerprints.

You can verify this by finding "white dust" on the edge of the knife. It's small pieces of your skin.
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Old 04-27-2018, 08:22 AM   #7
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An update on the Kershaw Spline.

If Blue Ridge wasn't closed for inventory, I'd have bought another two more yesterday. Now I have to wait until Monday.

BTW, I think the Coye-licensed Ridgeback would make a great steak knife and kitchen paring knife.

There is no choil on mine, which at first disappointed me. I do have the CRKT diamond rods in six sizes, so if the thing ever goes dull the first thing I'm going to do is cut a choil.
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Old 04-27-2018, 08:18 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by The Tourist View Post
The knife is actually cutting into your fingerprints.
Bit o' trivia: identical twins, who (obviously) have identical genetics STILL have different fingerprints! That's because our fingerprints are NOT genetically determined, they are 'wear ridges' from the womb! Touching each other, touching the surroundings (mom!), and touching themselves -- the fingerprints are "built" into our fingers.


There! Y'all learned something today -- you can now drink all weekend! YIPPEE!

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Originally Posted by SnowTao View Post
Description please, for us gun-nuts-not-knife-nuts... (I like dragons, I just think tickling them may not be the first-best choice?)

p.s., STOP eating at subway! Junk food!
I wanted to ask about "tickle the dragon" but was afraid to ask.
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Tickle-The-Dragon is a technique where you place your first three fingers on the edge of the blade, and wait as your heart sends the tremors of individual beats down your hand.
Get thee behind me, Chico!
You keep raising the bar. My blades you don't want to accidentally touch, but if I want to, I can lay my fingers on it and be fine. Getting microscopic skin flakes is cool, but my heartbeat isn't enough.
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