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The "Ask Nathan a question" thread

Discussion in 'Carothers Performance Knives' started by JustinFournier, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    I run 63-64 for comp choppers. Came in 1st and 2nd in last weekend's big race. Holds up to rough use pretty well and stays sharp.
     
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  2. DruKnives

    DruKnives

    3
    Aug 21, 2019
    Thank you again for the precious info and your willingness to share it. BTW, is it possible for someone like me to send in a blade or two to you for Delta HT, or is Peter's my best option?
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2019
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  3. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Nathan, the Behemoth'er is definitely gonna be a production thing, albeit a sprint run, right?

    From the photo which was posted on your IG and then in here a few days ago, it seems that you're giving it more of a belly, or is that just my own illusion? If you are sweeping it up a bit because of the taller grinds and let's say that I'd ask for a swedge as a semi-custom option, would that kinda defeat the form and function which are optimizing it for?
     
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  4. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Nathan, which one of your 2020 projects (let's say production rather than the one-off) are you the most excited about and why?
     
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  5. TRfromMT

    TRfromMT Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2016
    See, now that's a good question. Some questions here are dumb... dumb in that they are not very creative. They don't make Nathan think. He can just answer with a yes or no. There's no respect for the man with that kind of question. It wastes his time. It shows a lack of creativity on the part of the questioner.

    This question... this is good. I requires thought. It shows respect.

    This is a good question.
     
  6. Hard Knocks

    Hard Knocks Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2012

     
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  7. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    The folder. Or maybe the Integral Shiv.
     
  8. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    #uncmattyisresposiblefor90%ofthedumbquestionstoo :D
     
  9. Lost Empires

    Lost Empires Gold Member Gold Member

    40
    Nov 2, 2018
    Hey Nathan,

    Now that you are making swords, have you thought of expanding into making hatchets or axes?
     
  10. Forester_01

    Forester_01 Gold Member Gold Member

    352
    Jul 20, 2018
    I love the edge stability on my FK2, delta 3v truly is an amazing steel. However, I really do believe that a decrease in the stock thickness, while maintaining equivalent geometry, would improve cutting performance dramatically without any negative impacts for use seen out in the field.

    Nathan, have you ever thought about making a slim utility field knife model with a blade thickness of around 0.15''? I'm sure a lot of us here would love to see that.

    Cheers
     
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  11. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Or 1/8" full flat ground D2?;):D
     
  12. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    DEK1 will be in the .17" range
     
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  13. Comprehensivist

    Comprehensivist Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Aug 23, 2008
    Lorien,

    Why .17" thick? What application(s) did you design this knife for that require such a stout thickness? Maybe the answers to these questions are buried in the DEK1 thread and I just missed them. Either way, it would be nice to review again since specific data on this model has been sparse and spread out over a long period of time.

    Thanks!

    Phil
     
  14. grogimus

    grogimus KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 27, 2012
    I can't wait to see your version of a Kephart:thumbsup:
     
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  15. Phisig

    Phisig Basic Member Basic Member

    104
    Jul 12, 2016
    Do you still make the EDC3? just want to start putting some money away for one if you do.

    Thanks!
     
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  16. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    thought about? yes. Going to? no.
     
  17. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    Thought about? yes
     
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  18. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    The DEK1 and the Kephart will both be ~ .155". Steel is on order now.
     
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  19. Nathan the Machinist

    Nathan the Machinist KnifeMaker / Machinist / Evil Genius Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 13, 2007
    The EDC is not currently in production and there is no remaining inventory but we will revisit the pattern again in the future.
     
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  20. Casinostocks

    Casinostocks Factotum Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2016
    Nathan, are you a fan of spear point patterns? Do you foresee incorporating a true spear point into any future CPK patterns? Those of us who have been around with you for the past several years know that you do experiment with lowering the point of your knives and / or giving them more bellies as you go through tweaks during the life span of a pattern, but I was discussing the "merits" of spear points with Grog and thought that I'd ask your take.

    FWIW, I personally prefer the option of a swedge as an extra add-on feature instead of a classic spear point, but that's just me!
     
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