Just Bought a 8cr13mov Knife - What's your take?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by rogatsby, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. lonestar1979


    Mar 2, 2014
    M4 is good stuff,8cr13 too,depends on ht
  2. Cosmodragoon


    Jan 1, 2019
    A point I tried to make is that while this logic may have applied in years past, things are changing. Within the last year, I bought a Tangram in Acuto 440 and a Ganzo* in D2. Both were under $30 and both have performed admirably. I've looked at some decent Ruike knives using 14C28N in the $30-range. The Civivi knives using 9Cr18Mov in the $40-range are excellent. I think those Civivis are probably the best knife for the money right now, if you can excuse a little blue or gold accenting.

    * I realize Ganzo is controversial. Some of their designs borrow a little too heavily from other companies. However, the FH11 I purchased is an original design and their use of D2 has been independently confirmed. I have taken mine apart and messed around with it. The construction is excellent and the action is very nice. I basically bought this one to abuse and it has held up remarkably.
  3. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    They don't borrow. They are proven thieves. Didn't we just go over this in another thread?
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  4. Pilot1

    Pilot1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2005
    I only have one. A Kershaw Injection 3.5 I got new for $15. Couldn't pass it up, and for what it is, it is perfectly acceptable. In fact it is a heck of a knife.
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  5. Bob6794


    Apr 21, 2013
    Nothing wrong with 8cr13mov when it’s done right just like almost every other steel. Plus Byrd’s serrated knives are pretty dang good.
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  6. specgrade

    specgrade Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    You sure that's not a Chevy Volt (not Bolt)? Can't go wrong with a RAT1.
  7. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    It's definitely a BOLT. Been driving it for 2 years w/1 year still left on the lease.
  8. Lee48


    Apr 29, 2005
    8CR is fine. You won't find it on jewelry knives but it's good for a knife to actually use.
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  9. specgrade

    specgrade Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Gotcha...I know there is a VOLT. Now I know about the BOLT. My bad. Carry on!
  10. lonestar1979


    Mar 2, 2014
    This steel is pretty good
  11. David Richardson

    David Richardson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2018
    No more 8Cr for me. Too many better steels that don't cost much more. Too often when I really need to cut stuff they just get dull too quickly. VG-10 is fine. I generally don't like to carry anything with less edge retention. It's not most days that 8Cr and other steels won't work well. But on the few days I need to do more cutting I don't want to stop and sharpen.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2019
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  12. Yonose


    Jul 10, 2017
    I sold my only spydie in 8cr13; it took a very keen edge but didn’t hold it as long as the typical spydie. As long as Ontario sells knives in d2 for $35, and Buck has 420hc knives for $25, there isn’t a place in my collection for blades made with 8cr13.
  13. KVT

    KVT Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2019
    I carry the Cryos quite a bit and BladeHQ is running a sale on their G10/D2 exclusives this weekend.
    I bought 4 yesterday lol! Hey, free shipping.
    They’re actually a dollar or two LESS than their 8CR counterparts right now.
    There is literally zero downside going 8CR > D2 in this case - only upsides.
    So I guess I may retire my 8CR Cryos..
  14. David Richardson

    David Richardson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2018
    Yep. It sharpens nicely. Just doesn't hold an edge for me. I may try Spyderco 8Cr to see if it's any better. Maybe they push the hardening more?

    Agree on Buck 420HC. The Large Vantage in 420HC doesn't get nearly the recognition it deserves, imo. It has a fantastic blade that holds an edge longer than you would expect. Not a great knife, but at $30, U.S. made and that blade it's a bargain.

    $33 is a great price for that knife. I still prefer the Large Vantage to this one (China + assisted), but this is a nice deal.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2019
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  15. arrowhd

    arrowhd Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    Just fine for an inexpensive work knife.
  16. Tango12


    Dec 31, 2018
    I own a lot of knives, very high end pieces as well as many budget blades. If you use your knife for basic EDC chores, budget steels will work just fine. Also-Once you learn how to sharpen your blades, you will find less of requirement for exotic steels. The best knife is the one you like and you carry everyday. Remember, people have been using basic steels for many years before powdered steels were even invented(Nice to have but not a requirement)
  17. Rayray70


    Jan 2, 2019
    Me too. I like the Injection. Got mine for 15 too. Great deal.
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  18. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    My take is that it’s shite, but it’s (slightly) better than a blade made of dog turds. Sharpens up to a wickedly sharp edge, then dulls rapidly. If you use your knives a lot, it’s nice to go at least a month or two without sharpening.

    Far better steels can be had for not much more money.
  19. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :) So did you make one and test it against steel ? Need to see some pics of your :poop: knife test cuts ! :rolleyes:
  20. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Sure did. I’ll send you the broken pieces of “blade” for verification.
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