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Old 01-29-2010, 11:26 AM   #21
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But all the interwebz experts say D2 can't work on a big chopper! It should shatter on impact! Mate, seriously, make that thing fail so I don't have to buy one.

Kershaw seems to have nailed the heat treatment with this one, all joking aside D2 is not usually considered a good choice for this sort of knife.

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But all the interwebz experts say D2 can't work on a big chopper! It should shatter on impact! Mate, seriously, make that thing fail so I don't have to buy one.
LOL - Well, I can only report what it can and can't do in my own hands. I am no expert, I just have spare time and a need to destroy stuff.

What would you suggest as a chopping medium? I can get some rope this weekend and do the free hanging thing. I was going to wander out into the woods and whack a few small limbs/trees and see how it does.

So far, the thing has performed really well and doesn't have any edge wear.

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What about some sort of skinning ability. If this happens to be the only knife we grab then it would be nice to know if we can prepare game with it.

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What would you suggest as a chopping medium? I can get some rope this weekend and do the free hanging thing. I was going to wander out into the woods and whack a few small limbs/trees and see how it does.
That sounds like a sensible test. If it can help you build some sort of shelter and a fire then there's not much else you can ask for in this sort of tool.

I'm guessing ("guessing" being the operative word here) that the edge is relatively thick, which makes sense in a big knife for hard use, so it might be interesting to see it used for a couple of more delicate cutting tasks. Just too see how much ability to do detail work is lost in the compromise to make it strong.
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Okay, I will get some manila rope for some free hanging tests and I will cut up some fresh tree limbs or the like.

Then I will cut some tomatoes and some mushrooms or something.

Sorry bro, but skinning game isn't in my near future. I do all my game hunting in the back of aisle 13 where the meat counter is.

Now, if we are talking Space Zombies here, that is a WHOLE 'nother story.

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How about trimming fat off of that meat, it's slightly close in character.

This knife does look pretty awesome though and now I'm considering it for when I go camping with my Brother and his son's.

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How about whittling some small arrows and then fashioning some sort or rudementary crossbow...

Seriously, I am enjoying these tests. Full of great and useful info for those of us who love knives, but have never really thought much about which ones are great for the BOB. Keep it up!

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