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#284279 - 04/21/17 10:51 PM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: quick_joey_small]
Russ Offline
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Originally Posted By: quick_joey_small
... But it is the nature of things that some are better made than others:

So Russ would you say it's as simple as the more expensive the srk the better it will be?

qjs

I didn't say that. What I said is that you can buy three CS SRK's for the price of one in CPM-3V. That might mean you are spending 3x as much for the same capability.

I have no idea how CS heat treats their 3V. It's not a simple heat treat like that for SK5 aka 1080/1095 -- Knifeforums, "Post: what is SK-5 steel?"

Have you ever sharpened CPM-3V? How are you going to resharpen a 3V blade in the field? 1080/1095 is much easier to keep sharp. The blades I have in 3V are choppers, I wanted tough in those blades and 3V provides a lot of toughness. I'm not sure that attribute is necessary in a 6" blade. YMMV

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#284280 - 04/22/17 12:04 AM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: quick_joey_small]
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sk5: Japanese equivalent to American 1080 high carbon steel. I don't have anything in this steel myself, but my reading indicates it should have superior edge retention, very good toughness, and very little resistance to corrosion.

VG1: Also from Japan and not to be confused with VG10, it should be roughly equivalent to sk5 except with good corrosion resistance.

3v: Extremely tough tool steel, won't hold an edge quite as well as VG1, and very little corrosion resistance.

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#284281 - 04/22/17 12:15 AM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: AKSAR]
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Originally Posted By: AKSAR
Victorinix "Spartan", which costs about $25 at REI. It is on a very short lanyard with a Fenix E01 light, and rides comfortably in my pants pocket at all times. That knife and light gets more everyday use than all my other knives, multitools, and lights combined. Mostly because it is always with me.

The best knife steel is the blade you actually have with you when need it.


The Climber is always with me. The toothpick and tweezers are long gone, but the small blade is always sharp enough to shave with, and the corkscrew has never failed me.
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#284283 - 04/22/17 06:31 AM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: quick_joey_small]
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UncleGoo wrote: > The toothpick and tweezers are long gone,

outdoor shops sell replacements for hardly anything.


qjs

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#284284 - 04/22/17 06:39 AM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: quick_joey_small]
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Thanks for the specifics chaosmagnet,that is what I wanted to know.

qjs

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#284298 - 04/24/17 09:28 PM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: UncleGoo]
Mark_R Offline
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Registered: 05/29/10
Posts: 827
Loc: Southern California
Originally Posted By: UncleGoo
Originally Posted By: AKSAR
Victorinix "Spartan", which costs about $25 at REI. It is on a very short lanyard with a Fenix E01 light, and rides comfortably in my pants pocket at all times. That knife and light gets more everyday use than all my other knives, multitools, and lights combined. Mostly because it is always with me.

The best knife steel is the blade you actually have with you when need it.


The Climber is always with me. The toothpick and tweezers are long gone, but the small blade is always sharp enough to shave with, and the corkscrew has never failed me.


LM Squirt S2 attached to a Fenix05. 3 oz, $40, and so long as you keep the blade shaving sharp, adequate for most urban tasks.

Among the heavy use "survival" knives: For inland and arid survival: I'd look first at the ability to field sharpen it, then at toughness, then at edge retention, and finally at corrosion resistance (SK-5). For coastal, wet, and marine survival, I'd look first at corrosions resistance, then at the ability to field sharpen it, then at toughness, and last at edge retention(VG-1). No knife will be able to retain it's edge under extended hard use, so make sure you can touch it up anywhere, any time, with a pocket stone or rod.
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#284299 - 04/24/17 10:11 PM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: Mark_R]
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Speaking of edge retention in coastal, wet, or marine environments, let's add knife retention as a worthwhile trait - most likely a wrist lanyard so the knife stays with you.

you'll never guess why I consider that to be important.....
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#284304 - 04/26/17 08:38 PM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: hikermor]
Mark_R Offline
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Originally Posted By: hikermor
Speaking of edge retention in coastal, wet, or marine environments, let's add knife retention as a worthwhile trait - most likely a wrist lanyard so the knife stays with you.

you'll never guess why I consider that to be important.....


IS that reason now residing in the bottom of the bay?
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#284305 - 04/27/17 03:29 AM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: quick_joey_small]
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An SRK in SK5 is all anyone really needs in that platform. You can spend more money, but it's not going to improve the functionality. A decade ago I bought my first two in Baghdad. The reason was because the soldiers patrolling in and around the IZ and beyond were replacing their issued K-Bars with them. As for whether they are a decent survival knife, I suppose that depends on what you intend to survive. For what I had in mind, they were quite suitable. YMMV. There is no perfect knife, simply the one you have at hand. Acquisition can enhance versatility.

Nowadays, I edc the same old Leatherman Wave I had before I went to Iraq. It is still nice and sharp, and if it was all I had to get by, it allows me to do a lot of tasks in one small package. Except for hard core wilderness survival or combat, the Wave is really all I need to get by.
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#284307 - 04/27/17 11:21 AM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: benjammin]
quick_joey_small Offline
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Is the sheath MOLLE compatible?

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