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Edge retention on your EDC ? - Sunday, July 15, 2012 6:24 PM ( #1 )
I typically carry a Spartan on my left pocket that is razor sharp but don't really use it to cut anything , it is there for that one time when SD would be unavoidable , in my right pocket rides my Kudu and it gets used all the time ,  normally would touch up the edge on my Sharpmaker once a week but I started wondering how long could I use it before it became totally dull ??

The answer to this little experiment was : six weeks ! under normal everyday use (opening mail , packages at work , cutting plastic straps on pallets , slicing apples , kitchen duty once in a while , recycle processing since milk jugs fit better in the container when they are cut into little pieces -same goes for cardboard -) the edge was reasonably sharp for a total of five weeks and it pushed trough one more week cutting with some difficulty but nothing terrible , Krupp steel lives up to his name , good edge retention for a Stainless steel !

Now to be fair I will try this again with a carbon steel blade which I strongly suspect will hold an edge far longer , but since it seems CS folders are offered now only in stainless steel versions (wish they could offer some on carbon ) my Opinel No 10 will take the challenge , let see how this goes !
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Re:Edge retention on your EDC ? - Monday, July 16, 2012 8:33 AM ( #2 )
I work in construction, both of my EDC blades (Spartan and Rajah II)see a lot of use every day. I sharpen my blades daily to keep them ready for anything.
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Re:Edge retention on your EDC ? - Monday, July 16, 2012 11:49 AM ( #3 )
I bought a micro recon and I want to know how far will go the edge.Until now I was used to carry a 3 inch Voyager  and I found it's sharpness more than adequate for office work and stay sharp for weeks but never really measure it.IMHO we  must ask Lynn for a SK-5 Voyager, maybe black for rust resistence!
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Re:Edge retention on your EDC ? - Monday, July 16, 2012 3:38 PM ( #4 )
mike65


I bought a micro recon and I want to know how far will go the edge.Until now I was used to carry a 3 inch Voyager  and I found it's sharpness more than adequate for office work and stay sharp for weeks but never really measure it.IMHO we  must ask Lynn for a SK-5 Voyager, maybe black for rust resistence!



+1 ! a carbon folder would be very welcomed !!!
So much steel , so little gold !!!

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Re:Edge retention on your EDC ? - Tuesday, July 17, 2012 6:53 AM ( #5 )
Sharp as the day I clipped it to my pocket,that i'm sure surprises no body as my EDC is SD and SD ONLY and I only beat up cheap stuff and "Beat up" is going really overboard really.Usually it gets the rough abuse of opening a package or something,when out doors this usually falls to the Super Edge on my keys and when indoors it seems lately my Ti-Lite and Secret Edge have been picking up the most slack but I have been known to just grab whatever is closest as long as its something that wont suffer from the job and be no worse for wear in the end.

It seems without planning it this way somehow the Ti-Lite gets used for just about anything that needs doing in here really.Aside from some scratches on its bolsters i'm sure that could be polished out I could put my EDC back in its box and sell it as new,as far as I recall its blade has not touched a single thing aside from my finger when I 1st got it.
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Re:Edge retention on your EDC ? - Tuesday, July 17, 2012 8:15 AM ( #6 )
i use the ak47 as a EDC and i keep the edge sharp at all time, i need to sharp it often since au8 can lose their fine edge qui fast with regular use. 
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