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    S30V or S35VN for my Spyderco EDC?

    I'm pretty sure I'm going to pickup a couple of Spyderco Paramilitary 2 folders, one for my wife and one for me. What I wondering is, is the price for the knife in S35vn worth 50% more than the S30v model. I found the S30v model on Amazon, but I've only been able to find the S35vn at Bento Box. If someone knows of a better place than Bento, please steer me in that direction.

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    not worth that price difference, to my mind.

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    From my memory (it's been a while since i sharpened S30V) the S35VN is not such a chore to sharpen. But at 50%, don't know really.

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    I don't have any experience (that I know of) with S35VN but cpm S30V on the Sage is a pretty nice steel for an EDC.

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    Tough choice. If were going custom, I'd 100% go S35VN. I've owned both and I love S35VN, but got rid of S30V.
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    I've got a Sebbie with S35VN. It's a nice steel that takes a good edge, but I don't know about 50% more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefty View Post
    Tough choice. If were going custom, I'd 100% go S35VN. I've owned both and I love S35VN, but got rid of S30V.
    What is it you are doing with the knife that makes you notice a difference and what is it that you notice?

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    Not worth the price difference, it is easier to machine, and is tougher than S30V, marginally, it does seem to hold an edge longer, accepts a thinner edge, and isn't as prone to chipping from my testing.
    But 50%? That seems high.


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    The price difference sucks, but s30v, is, IME, not a suitable steel for an EDC. It chips like crazy, and then it is very hard to sharpen those chips out. Not worth it.

    s35vn is great, but at $175, I wouldn't get it, unless you just LOVE spydercos.

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    im not really a fan of the s30 or 35 but spyderco does a great job of HT and i worked my s30v para hard

    for me i liek to get ether fine grained and ultra edge or high carbide super ware that holds an ok edge for a dam long time

    the midddle of the road stuff is great for most all ppl buti lie to pick and chose what end of the spectrum i want (not liek i have jsut one pocket knife to carry )

    i have s30 cpm154 M4 and s125v along with VG10 440v 3v and gin1

    i think i need to make myself a new folder but im not sure the steel i want to use yet (one of these days i ll make a 3v/cpm154 powder damascuss blade )

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