I got new stones a few weeks back, and I have noticed the same massive scratching on the EF plate in particular. I used a cheap smith & wesson knife to break it in, so I'd imagine no hard carbides like there would be in S30V, etc.
The quality of these plates is NOTHING like it was 10 years ago...
I did a dumbass thing a few months back and took a swing at some free-hanging phone cord with my S110V Native 5. It left a tiny nick in the edge like the one you pictured. I'm not worried because it will come out eventually after sharpening
A thin blade is going to help a lot. Even my VG-10 Spyderco Delicas last on cardboard for some time because the blade is so thin.
That being said, cardboard is very abrasive on any edge, so expect to sharpen your knife often regardless of the steel.
S110V will do noticeably better on cardboard...
I like Spyderco's FRN better than their G10 because the FRN:
1. doesn't wear pants material as easily
2. is lighter
3. can be beaten to hell without me feeling bad or caring too much
4. provides better grip
Yes, I believe that FRN provides better grip, but specifically because of...
Agreed. There are things like computers and electronics where there is virtually no other practical option. I avoid the enticement of the sirens with their low prices by putting some extra $$ so that we might still have those options for things that are our hobbies and passions.
I completely agree. I think it can straighten out a very thin wire edge and make it seem sharp, but I'm not sure that it would do much to remove metal. It's very useful for cleaning up small crumbs of cardboard and whatnot after cutting, though
Lately, ZDP-189 and S110V: easy burr removal and excellent edge retention. I'm liking S110V because it's very stainless, and it can hold a coarse edge for a long time, which means I can finish on DMT F and not worry too much that I don't have a mirror polish
Are you able to start a "conversation" on my board, or whatever that's called? Or can you post the PayPal address here (and maybe edit it out after I get the funds sent?) Another gold member just did that with me a few minutes ago in another thread. If there's a better way to communicate with...