What knife would you like to see next from CPK?

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by Nathan the Machinist, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. Elgatodeacero

    Elgatodeacero Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    would it be possible to make a slick opening folder that normally be considered a "gravity knife" and engineer all the gravity out of it? basically use different materials to change to center of gravity of the blade.

    what if you drilled holes in blade near pivot and inserted super dense material like tungsten or ???? and balance the action so with super minimal effort it opens like an asssisted but cannot open with flick? maybe friction also needed?
     
  2. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    Oh, this is an easy one - wouldn't mind seeing a Shiv or two..:););):D
     
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  3. Fallbrook Forge

    Fallbrook Forge

    Jan 1, 2006
    Is there any chance of seeing a comeback of the Light Chopper?

    Otherwise I’m holding out for the medium chopper.
     
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  4. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    The light Chopper is retired however the Medium Chopper has many of the same attributes and is just getting started.
     
  5. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    I'm working on a replacement for the LC currently. It's not a direct replacement, as the initial LC design was pretty specialized. What I'm developing will be much more versatile, and 'chopper' won't exactly be an apt descriptor- even though it will chop!
     
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  6. TommyGun56

    TommyGun56 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2014
    Machete?
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  7. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    that's BC territory, but hell, if enough people like machetes I'm more than happy to start designing one. I like about 18" max of blade for around here
     
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  8. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    ^I for one would make greater use of a machete than almost any other fixed blade.
     
  9. TommyGun56

    TommyGun56 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2014
    Don't know if it has to be 18 inches:eek: Was thinking maybe 14 inches and no thicker than 3/16:)
     
  10. Lorien

    Lorien KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 5, 2005
    D3V would lend itself well to a machete, since it remains quite flexible at high hardness

    Bob- wtf are you using a machete for?! Actually, I don't wanna know:eek:
     
  11. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Oh yeah!!!

    18" D3V Machete? I'm in!
     
  12. Fallbrook Forge

    Fallbrook Forge

    Jan 1, 2006
    Bummer, they sell in seconds even at the scalper prices. I’ll try to get a proctor for the medium chopper when they come out. Thanks!

    Very cool! I really enjoy what you come up with and look forward to seeing what’s next.

    As for the machete idea, I like short machetes, 12”-14” would be the max for me.
     
  13. betzner

    betzner CenCal Coast Platinum Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    As "they" say, if I told you, I'd have to......."thrill you..with my acumen.";):D:confused:
     
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  14. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Proctor? What kind of test will you be taking? :p
     
  15. jus_gus

    jus_gus Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    Bob- wtf are you using a machete for?! Actually, I don't wanna know:eek:

    Machete! :thumbsup:;)
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  16. Slayer_Slaine

    Slayer_Slaine

    131
    Sep 25, 2016
    Hey Lorien, i always was under the impression that a lot of base machete brands like tramontina kept their machete steel a bit soft as the regular use of machetes (i guess this is somewhat more the case for 16" and above) often included clearing grasses, bushes etc with sweeping blows quite close to the ground. Such swings made the chances of the blade hitting the ground or a concealed rock eventually pretty high and the soft steel meant youd get a roll rather than the blade chipping. Also meant sharpening was quicker and easier.

    i myself have certainly hit the ground a few times when doing low blows with machetes and once hit a concealed star picket in long grass.

    You think this doent hold much validity or perhaps is more applicable to lower quality steels that have a higher chance of big chips over than 3v?
     
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  17. folder geek

    folder geek Gold Member Gold Member

    785
    Jan 28, 2012
    I'm curious if anybody has mentioned about a hatchet?
    The LC and MC could easily fill this roll but man a camp hatchet (axe) would be cool!
    Cheers
     
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  18. bluemax_1

    bluemax_1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    I think that would be one of the advantages of CPK's D3V. 3V in general is one of the toughest steels available.

    With Nate's heat treat, it combines excellent edge retention while still maintaining that toughness (check out the videos on YouTube of Nate hammering through solid concrete blocks with minimal edge damage).

    We've also had CPK owners accidentally chop into a rock with a missed swing. Minimal edge damage.

    The reason so many companies go with the softer heat treats that can be hammered out, vs higher hardnesses that will potentially chip/crack/break is because it's a lot cheaper/easier to do it that way for durability, vs D3V that combines both the toughness AND edge retention.
     
  19. Lost Empires

    Lost Empires

    46
    Nov 2, 2018
    I'd like to see a 6 piece kitchen set....4 Steak Knives, 1 Pairing Knife, and 1 Kitchen Knife.... That's all you need....until then I have my edc2 for small prep, and my HDFK for large kitchen duties. My other HDFK is reserved for outdoor tasks, until I am able to keep adding to the collection or "addiction" as my wife would say.

    Oh, I'd also 2nd a camp Hatchet/Axe like mentioned above.
     
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  20. benchrest308

    benchrest308 Gold Member Gold Member

    298
    Mar 13, 2014
    I, too, would support an axe. And more daggers :D
     

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