So, Rick and I have been talking about this. regardless of what you're going to use the knife for, whether it be a collector's piece or a EDC/user, what do you guys like and/or prefer? Old school handmade hammer forged knives or newer techniques such as CNC or stock removal?
Keep in mind, there are pros and cons to any technique in the production of a cutting tool.
With a lot of handmade stuff, you don't really know what you're getting sometimes and have to take the maker's word on it. And, with a lot of production stuff, quality control can become an issue sometimes.
In the end, I like a bit of both. For example, TOPS stuff is a good example of half machine (CNC) and half human (hand finished) work and aren't what you would normally consider as a "production" knife, in my opinion.
So, both Rick and I would like to hear your guys' opinion on this subject.
Well with out a dout, I perfer a hammer forged knife. Hammering the steel when it is in molting state helps bond the moulecules that no other way of making will accomplish. I would have to look up all the technology that goes with hammer foreging to give a better reason, give me a little time and I'll post better info. I know after years of use a hammer forged knife is hard to beat. I have heard that some of the new steels need only stock removal and a heat treat, that's something I am not sure of but I do have soom knives in D2 made that way and they are great.
I was planning on starting a mini group in the Group Box Full of Knives, I am doing a little research before I start so give me some time.
Sounds great Robert!