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Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by Silverstonev8, Oct 7, 2020.
Large 31 cards showing the S45VN are out.
Dang it, the "X's" are in the wrong spots.
Spot for the Insingo blades, too! Gonna grab a PJ Insingo as soon as possible.
Has there been mention of when the steel change will take effect?
Cool that they upped the HT on the 45.
Makes for a great excuse to purchase a 31! I'm super happy with my 21 insingo, but a 31 in S45VN would be an interesting comparison.
And it's going to run a couple points higher hardness.
I wonder how it will compare to 35 as far as sharpening.
It's interesting that they kept both blade steels as an option on the card as though both steels are an available option.
I was thinking the same thing- I wonder if they just did that for the transition period or if certain knifes will keep the 35?
Now I have my excuse for an Inkosi.
From my understanding, it's not like when the 31 was released, they were still filling orders for the 21 while also making the 31. For the blade steel, it's a one synchronous transition on the production line from s35 all to s45, so I don't see why they would need it for the transition period.
It's exciting though to see s45 come out.
Does anyone here have any experience with S45 in other formats?
I have a Alex Drom custom in S45VN that is super impressive.
Also have a Benchmade meatcrafter in S45VN - used it to bone out a deer last night and after processing 2 quarters I couldn't even detect it had cut anything... so far pretty impressive.
Cedric and Ada has a cool vid on S45 edge retention (also an alex dron) and it did very well.
This will finally tip me into the CRK camp, I'm excited.
Good to know! This is good news
It is seriously a very minute change from s35vn. You’re not going to notice much of a difference. Now the difference between 58hrc and 61hrc will be felt. The edge will be more stable, less prone to blunting, less prone to damage from deformation.
The change to 61-62hrc is very welcome IMO. These knives have always been very prone to just blunting out during use thanks to the relatively low hardness. I use mine fairly hard and would always be disappointed because the edges never seem to take that classic “working edge” where the initial sharpness is gone and now you have a workable apex. It may not be sticky sharp anymore, but it readily cuts. CRKs always seem to skip this step and go from extremely sharp straight to totally blunt, reflecting light on the apex.
Really hoping the increase in hardness changes that. I for one will be getting my hands on one of the harder blades ASAP to test out. Wish I knew about when to expect them. Very exciting for me.
Thank You for the news!
I like the option for another blade material
I want an Umnumzaan in S45VN! Where is this from?
Only thing left is Damasteel to be in regular production.
I wanted Large 21 with Damasteel so bad.