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The bad is
5Cr15Mov stainless steel blade.
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Wait for the Kershaw Link , made in USA , great steel
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The bad is
5Cr15Mov stainless steel blade.
For what application?
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Ordered it at this price a few days ago, arriving Tuesday as I wanted the $1 slow shipping credit.


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For what application?
The more common 8cr or 9cr is fine for most applications, but 5cr is so low in the elements that make stainless steel stainless, that it really is not good at all for any application. I love crkt, and I love the design of the minimalist, but the steel really is very sub par
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The more common 8cr or 9cr is fine for most applications, but 5cr is so low in the elements that make stainless steel stainless, that it really is not good at all for any application. I love crkt, and I love the design of the minimalist, but the steel really is very sub par
I use these as a backup knife attached to my lifevest when kayak fishing. Not the Bowie but the Tanto style version. I'm guessing it is the same steel. I had never heard mention of the subpar steel and as you just love the knife design and functionality.

Mine holds up surprisingly well to the saltwater and brackish waters I fish. I'm not drenching the knife every day but many times everything ends up quite wet. There are times I forget to rinse the knife when getting home and it lays in the tackle crate or still in the sheath on my life vest and it and it may be a month or more before I grab the knife again. It definitely will be rusted but a little Wd40 and fine steel wool cleans it right up and I have no pitting and the edge is still pretty good.

I'm in for five, love the knife. A new version for me and great Christmas gifts. The sheath is top notch and the thing can be attached clothes, gear or equipment easily and the knife willl not come out unless you want it to. The greatest thing is that as small as it is it is still comfortable and useful to use.
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What blade is easier to make, hollow or flat grind?
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I use these as a backup knife attached to my lifevest when kayak fishing. Not the Bowie but the Tanto style version. I'm guessing it is the same steel. I had never heard mention of the subpar steel and as you just love the knife design and functionality.

Mine holds up surprisingly well to the saltwater and brackish waters I fish. I'm not drenching the knife every day but many times everything ends up quite wet. There are times I forget to rinse the knife when getting home and it lays in the tackle crate or still in the sheath on my life vest and it and it may be a month or more before I grab the knife again. It definitely will be rusted but a little Wd40 and fine steel wool cleans it right up and I have no pitting and the edge is still pretty good.

I'm in for five, love the knife. A new version for me and great Christmas gifts. The sheath is top notch and the thing can be attached clothes, gear or equipment easily and the knife willl not come out unless you want it to. The greatest thing is that as small as it is it is still comfortable and useful to use.
I'm glad you have had a positive experience with it, I would hope that everyone that buys one does, but unfortunately that just isn't the case for everyone. I have a different neck knife model from CRKT that I use often and have had no issues with corrosion/rust, but I don't deal with water so I would expect that. The edge durability is very mediocre but all I use it for is opening packages and whatnot, so it doesn't need to be super sharp. This is a good option for a cheap knife that you'll use occasionally and don't intend to keep looking pretty, but I just didn't want anyone to have any high expectations for the performance of the steel on this.
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I'm glad you have had a positive experience with it, I would hope that everyone that buys one does, but unfortunately that just isn't the case for everyone. I have a different neck knife model from CRKT that I use often and have had no issues with corrosion/rust, but I don't deal with water so I would expect that. The edge durability is very mediocre but all I use it for is opening packages and whatnot, so it doesn't need to be super sharp. This is a good option for a cheap knife that you'll use occasionally and don't intend to keep looking pretty, but I just didn't want anyone to have any high expectations for the performance of the steel on this.
I really can't comment on if the steel may not hold a edge as well as some others. Mine gets very little use when fishing, just cutting some bait, mono or braid. I have touched it up a few times over the years and the edge hold well enough for what I do.

I don't consider it a EDC more of a emergency or easy access small knife for small tasks and it does well for that duty. It's a dinky little thing and I have a hard time even thinking what hard use I could put it to. The performance is fine for it's size and abilities. I'm not going to be batoning with the thing.

It holds up better in the salt than some other knives that I have taken out and cleans up easier and rusts less than many other stainless knives I have. Folders are a bad choice and the minimalist design of this makes for easy care.

My understanding is that no stainless is quite the best choice for edge retention and I have other grades of stainless knives that do dull quickly. I think the introduction of carbon into the mix makes for a far more durable edge but brings along more rust. I can tell everyone for sure that most stainless knives are not stainless when subjected to saltwater but this one doesn't do bad with a little care
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Shows $20.74. Fiddlesticks!
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What blade is easier to make, hollow or flat grind?
flat grind, but all these are machine made, by hand though one needs a big wheel to do it old-school
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flat grind, but all these are machine made, by hand though one needs a big wheel to do it old-school

even machine made i thought flat is always easier. what's the point of a flat grind, to make the blade worse? especially one i bought schrade shf32.
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