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Discussion in 'LionSteel knives' started by GianniLion, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. Neo

    Neo

    Sep 12, 2002
    Thank you for the explanation

    How would you compare Sleipner to Viking?

    http://zknives.com/knives/steels/steelgraph.php?nm=Viking,Sleipner
     
  2. Neo

    Neo

    Sep 12, 2002
  3. istarr88

    istarr88

    54
    Apr 28, 2009
    if you want I can contact directly the webmaster of kniferesearch and ask him to put you in the preorder list, so you'll pay less.

    send me a PM with your second name if you want and I'll tell the kniferesearch webmaster:

    "reserve a knife with preorder price for Mr. XXXXXX please" and even if he can't reply you until the end of december, your Legion will have the preorder price ;)
     
  4. istarr88

    istarr88

    54
    Apr 28, 2009
    I've never used Chipper (viking)directly. from what I've been told from some very expert guys, Chipper (viking) has performances extremely close to INFI once it's correctly heat treated ;)

    sleipner is quite different. it's a bit less tough, but the more carbon gives a better edge retention. similar stain resistence and similar ease of sharpening, probably sleipner is just a bit harder, due to the slightly higher wear resistence.

    Calmax is a great steel. extremely though, I mean really extremely. it's good in a good range of hardnesses, from 58 to 61 hrc, has a good edge holding (not as good as sleipner but good) and it's EXTREMELY easy to sharpen. it cuts very well. stain resistence is high, almost like sleipner, maybe just a little bit less. anyway, a great steel for fixed blades who must resist a lot of abuses.

    K360... good question. it's a great steel, ESR technology, hard to sharpen, nothing impossible but don't espect it to be able to grind metal easily. it's not as though as calmax or chipper viking but once it's sharpened, it stays sharp for LOOOOOOONG time. stain resistence slightly better than sleipner and all the other steels mentioned before. it's a very expensive steel, hard to work and it's not sold in usable sizes...

    vanax75... nitrogen based steel... interesting steel but I have not enough informations about it. I know it but never knew anyone who used or tested it personally so I can't give an opinion exept that I'm curious about this steel too! :D

    anyway, this thread is about Kniferesearch, I don't want to send this thread off topic.

    for further steels questions, send me PMs and I'll be more than happy to help you as much as I can.

    so, going back to the thread topic, Sleipner was chosen as steel for this project, the Legion, because it's the more appropriate steel for it.

    a good thing about molletta (the designer) and the kniferesearch owner is that they'll always make the best possible to get the maximum performance out of any knife they project...

    they'll study the design and the steel will be chosen ans specifically heat threated to get the best balance out of it FOR THE KNIFE SPECIFIC DESTINATION OF USE.

    so the philosophy is "the right tool for the right job". they'll never use steel hard to sharpen on a 10 inch blade and will never use a steel with bad edge holding on a knife designed to be a cutter.

    even if they would use the same steel for 2 different knives, the heat treats will be different, to improve some specific characteristics of the steel, for example in a small knife edge holding and stain resistence or in a big knife the thoughness.

    this is something very few people on the planet does.

    there are several companies who use the same steel for all theyr blades.

    this is not the best because a huge knife and a small knife will need different steel characteristics.

    there are great companies like Busse who use premium steel on all of their knives, there are also companies who use the same crap steel on all of their knives, no matter the designs, the destination of use, the weight, the lenght etc....

    for the best performance in kniferesearch the steel is chosen and studied to be the best for that specific purpose. ;)
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2010
  5. Ravaillac

    Ravaillac

    Feb 14, 2005
    Looks like good stuff going on in Maniago right now.

    It is actually quite interesting.
    The only thing holding me back right know is weight. For that size I would have expected it to be more like 300 grams. Also I would fear it to be too neutral balance for my liking.

    That said great to see people experience with some "new" steels; way to go Lion steel and Kniferesearch.

    Since you're at Uddeholm steels, would also be great to see Vanadis4 knives.
     
  6. istarr88

    istarr88

    54
    Apr 28, 2009
    uddeholm are just easy to get and great quality, but nobody will stop to uddeholm steels :D

    it's not a lightweight knife, I see this knife much like an ATAK or something like that, something useful in a great variety of situations.

    to cut in first place, ti digg, to pry, to chop, to cook....... any task.

    a lighter weight would have meant a thinner blade. this would have compromised the overall functionality of the knife, since the prying ability would have been reduced. chopping performance would have gotten worse.

    in some cases it's better to have a knife just a little bit heavier ;) don't forget that it's a knife of 7 inch long blade.

    I would have preferred a knife thicker and heavier :D I use knives more for tests and for fun, not in excursion, so to me a bit of weight in more doesn't mean nothing.

    but... the blade has been studied to be used, to be REALLY used, so the weight has been contained to make real users happier with a knife easier to carry due to the reduced weight (you should be happy with it for example) :thumbup:

    anyway, the balance point depends on the blade version. the CC version has the balance point about at the guard and the SC version has a balance point about 1 cm closer to the point.

    I've had the luck to touch and use some blades from the same designer of the Legion and the balance was extremely good. it's not an exageration if I say that I've never handled industrial knives more balanced in my hands.

    I think from my words it's easy to understand that I'm extremely excited and that I can't wait to have my Legion!

    btw, I chooose the SC version, black handle, convex edge, black sheat, satin finish ;)
     
  7. suttond

    suttond

    866
    Oct 4, 2006
    I sent you an e-mail. Thanks for helping a fellow forum member out.
     
  8. arijer

    arijer

    745
    Jul 13, 2009
    Does anyone know if there are issues with kniferesearch website. I made a account, and put in my order and my USA address, but apparently there is a glitch with the shipping choice that will not let me go past the shipping part and complete the order. am i the only one with that issue???
     
  9. istarr88

    istarr88

    54
    Apr 28, 2009
    You're not the only one.

    Read previous posts. ;)

    The website is very fresh, there are still things to fix.

    Knives are not finished yet anyway, in fact the price you see is low because it's a preorder, so don't expect to have the knives shipped before mid of genuary.

    As soon as knives will be finished they'll be sent;)

    Anyway, I'll give you the same advice I gave to others. Contact him directly going to the inquiry page or write me a PM with your surname and I'll put you in the preorder list.

    Hear you soon!:thumbup:
     
  10. istarr88

    istarr88

    54
    Apr 28, 2009
    You're welcome. :)
     
  11. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Good looking design Gianni, particularly liking that first one!
     
  12. istarr88

    istarr88

    54
    Apr 28, 2009
    the design comes from kniferesearch, not lionsteel ;)
     
  13. Neo

    Neo

    Sep 12, 2002
  14. Neo

    Neo

    Sep 12, 2002
    From what I've heard from Fredrik Haakonsen who makes knives from Vanadis-4 extra, the equipment necessary to give vanadis-4 the ideal heat threat is a very big investment. Fedrik being an metallurgist at sintef has access to the equipment. So I think we wont see many knives in vanadis-4 extra.

    This thread is about Kniferesearch so I don't want to go more off-topic.
    But I'm glad kniferesearch is one of the few companies dedicated to search new steel in order to make the best knives
     
  15. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    I know, but it's still a good looking design and Gianni that's telling us about it :)
     
  16. suttond

    suttond

    866
    Oct 4, 2006
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  17. istarr88

    istarr88

    54
    Apr 28, 2009
    not directly but yes, I've wrote with him a few times.

    he is a great guy, very skilled abuot metallurgy.

    about Vanadis 4 extra.... if it was a particulary interesting steel to use for knives, be sure molletta or Templar would have talked about the possibility of making a knife out of it. since they never talked about using Vanadis 4 extra, I'm sure it may be a good steel but not as good as others.

    BY THE WAY, HAS EVERYBODY RECIEVED REPLY FROM KNIFERESEARCH?

    I've talked to the webmaster and tried to put you in coontact with him. he shoud have replied to every person interested, if that's not the case, just send me a PM and I'll remember him again to answer your questions ;)
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2011
  18. mckrob

    mckrob Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    can you post a photo of the sheath that comes with it?
     
  19. GianniLion

    GianniLion LionSteel Moderator Moderator

    772
    Feb 23, 2009
    Here are the first pics of the blades, just laser cut.
    In a few days other pics of the production.

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  20. istarr88

    istarr88

    54
    Apr 28, 2009
    for the moment there are no pictures of the Sheat, sorry... :(

    as soon as there are pictures, be sure you'll have them...:thumbup:
     

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