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Old 06-10-2019, 04:26 PM   #1
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New CRKT blade, very disappointing.

I am currently repairing and cursing the latest knife I got from CRKT. It is called a "Monashee." What a disaster! There wasn't two areas (of any side) that mated with the grind! In fact, the first 5/8s of the ricasso did not even touch the factory grinding wheel. It was just a part of the unfinished blade blank.

The biggest claim to fame on this folder is that it is one of their "hands free take-down" models that easily comes apart without tools for a thorough cleaning.

I tipped the blade upside down with the edge proud, took a metal 140 Atoma shaping stone and ground off most of the sloppy ricasso. All I can do now is to blend it into the bevel--it will be wider at the back than at the front, but it will be sharp.

I'm thinking about finishing the edge with 4K and then a 6K and just sticking the knife into my jeans...
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Old 06-10-2019, 05:12 PM   #2
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It should not take the better part of an afternoon to "repair" a brand new knife. The best thing about this knife is that you can take it apart with your bare hands.

The knife now resides in my jeans. I polished the edge just to make sure the bevel was straight and true. The rear of the bevel did blend, but it still looks a bit hokey.

BTW, I have another one of these knives (with the factory bevel) new and in the box. Any takers?

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Old 06-10-2019, 05:21 PM   #3
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CRKT, in my limited experience, are just a hair's breadth above a minimum viable folder. I've caught one or two from a good batch of that dubious (Chinese?) alloy that take and hold decent edge. They cut stuff that needs cut, but won't win beauty contests or make me sad if lost.
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Old 06-10-2019, 05:24 PM   #4
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I'm in the same boat, but the steel used in the latest ones I've ordered isn't that bad.

My guess is that it is a mundane alloy, just over hardened.

I have a Prequel knife that is holding the original polished edge I provided. Granted, I don't push a CRKT blade to the breaking point, but they will slice if you take care in refining the edge.

Edit: BTW, guys, the best picture is the one of the blade alone atop the Queen of Hearts. It shows the edge and the back of the bevel where I had to blend it.
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:15 AM   #5
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Update: During the Hannity radio show and the Mark Levin radio show, I played with this Monashee.

BTW, those two shows comprised six hours. I have no idea how many times I opened and closed the knife.

I'll admit it, I softened to the folder. The repaired edge was truly keen and the rear of the bevel isn't that bad. The repairs did take a very long time.

But it does meet the requirements I had originally outlined. One, it has to cleanly cleave meat at a our favorite restaurant, "Doolittles." They don't give you knives there.

Two, it had to 'polish' to crosscut any meat dish, even a steak.

Three, it had to be easy to clean. Yikes, it comes apart without tools.

It met what I wanted, and it's in my jeans for this afternoon. Hopefully, Chuck will get his "showcase slice report."

What else would you call a 'range report' for a knife?
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