- Feb 28, 2022
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I’m interested in trying this but D2 from a custom maker seems odd. People like easy to sharpen steels like 52100 or AEBL and I get that. People like high hardness forged carbons like apexultra. People like balanced steels with good retention but not so easy to sharpen like magnacut, 10V, Zmax, etc.
But D2 is none of these. Conventional D2 is reportedly hard to sharpen and lacks toughness. Its only semi stainless. D2 as a monosteel sounds tough to grind and finish. The CPM PM version will undoubtedly be improved over conventional D2 but it costs more and is close in price to other PM steels. What qualities make this desirable over other options like 3V, 4V, Zwear, Vanadis 4E, PM stainless, and the like?
Sharpenability mostly. Most most people don't have diamond stones, and that means anything with MC carbides is profoundly unpleasant to sharpen-if it can even be done properly at all. As far as I know CPM-D2 and CPM-154CM are the only two PM steels with potential to be scoring in the 500 range in CATRA that have no MC carbide and that are fully serviceable on AlO stones as a result. I think it occupies a good and perhaps somewhat ignored middle ground as far as kitchen knife steels are concerned.
FWIW I use diamonds to set/sharpen everything I make.
And sure thing, I'll put you down!
You got it!I’d be curious to try it too.
I'm very sorry, but with only 7 posts I can't include you in this PA. Perhaps the next time around.I love the idea, CPM-D2 doesn't have much spotlight especially in Kitchen Cutlery. I'd be pleased to try it out and give feedback. Basically whatever KnifeSteelNerds/Makers advertise is whats in demand lately I noticed seems to be the trend.
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As for what to do with this knife at the conclusion of the PA, a couple options stand out to me-I'm open to suggestions here to, I've never done this before.
I can throw the names of interested participants (though perhaps people following the PA too?) in to the proverbial goldfish bowl and the winner can purchase the knife at full value.
Alternatively, the value can be divided by the number of interested participants, and each will buy essentially a "ticket" for that value, and one name will be drawn at the conclusion of the PA.
Of course if nobody wants the knife I can always take it back, do any refinishing that needs doing, and just put it up in the sponsor market with the rest of my knives.