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Re:VG-1 chip prone
Monday, August 10, 2009 7:30 PM
You know, I suspected this.
There has been a lot of talk about VG-1 vs. AUS-8 lately on the forums. I used to be a VG-1 guy because I thought "well its more work to get a edge on it, but its a harder blade so it will hold the edge longer and be stronger". Well (I think it was warthog who got me thinking on this): Harder =/= Stronger. Harder = harder. I think that AUS-8 has more give in it, and while it is softer, its more durable because I doubt it will be chipping. Hardness in blades like this seems to mean more brittle as well. When I can afford to, I am getting my Scimitar in AUS-8 if I can still find some (I know of 2 places that has them right now, but I don't know what the stock is like). I had a voyager as an EDC for a while, but it didn't see a ton of action, nor did my AUS-8 black rock, and my old VG-1 Scimitar same store. Mainly because they were all rotated enough that they weren't used day in and day out all day every day. Thats to job of my Krupp steel Kudu which I use exclusively for EDC because its cheap with a big bowie blade, and I really like the Krupp, which I think is closer to the AUS-8 than the VG-1.
I am still sceptical that VG-1 is the upgrade that CS says it is, considering that as philwar said, and I have said before: the high end folders, are all AUS-8 or San Mai. I think this is partly because many of them are larger and because the chipping problem is probably made way worse by it being a bigger blade. I'm not saying that AUS-8 is invincible, as it can no doubt be broken too, but since its softer, logic seems to point to the fact that its less a danger for chipping, cracking or even breaking. However I don't think its too soft either because if you look at that needle point on a scimitar fly though a car hood (on the proof videos, which is an AUS-8 version) and not be bent at all, thats pretty freaking good! I'm a AUS-8 convert now too.
<message edited by dannycanuck on Monday, August 10, 2009 7:32 PM>
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