CCW laws vary by state. In my state, the LTCF (License To Carry Firearms) naturally does not apply to knife carry, and you can carry pretty much anything you want, provided you're not violating any local ordinance.
Very interesting also that most of the violence in Denmark has been imported, with an accompanying slide to the left...
Pursuit of political power is why you can not carry a gentlemen's linerlock legally in Denmark from one of many outstanding Scandi makers.
That is past sad.
Hope- n- change is the death's knell to common sense, trumpet roar for inflated taxes and restricted personal liberty for that "Reasonalble Man" who can no longer be trusted by the state...to say, buy a laser pointer from China or to adopt knife laws that make nearly everthing but a pair of fingernail clippers (with a file attached) a felony.
California is not so far from Danmark....
And yes, I know silencers aren't silent. I'm an Army brat; I've shot a gun once or twice in my life, and there might have been a silencer involved one of those times.
I don't know what a neocon is but I know an a@@hat when I see one and I don't have a picture of Jesus or George Bush in my living room over a potted plastic plant.
When we hear gun fire around here it's usually a neighbor plinking or maybe shooting skeet in his backyard...or a feral cat. Crime is not a problem here, but I get the point about gunfire. You tough guys livin in da hood n all know to duck & cover & call the cops.
Not an army brat and don't think you know any more about firearms than you do anything else.
Fact is, I think you made the Army brat stuff up too....
I don't live in da hood, I live in da suburbs, dawg. Regardless, if someone opens fire around here, it's not because they're popping empty Miller cans off their deck railing.
I'd post a picture of my Italian birth certificate and my US Army CBA, but you'd probably think I'm faking those too, and you strike me as the sort of person who "sticks to their guns", so it would be a waste of time anyway. So I tell you what: you keep growing corn, and I'll keep advising our armed forces on how to secure their installation perimeters, mkay?
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So it's been a couple of months, how are these ceramic blades working out? Easy to break / chip? Or are they Ok? Post up your info & comments!
good call, I've been watching this too. I'll probably opt in.
The diamond dust coated credit card sharpener looks hot, decent price especially for the convinience and portability of it. I'll probably opt for a blade but the main reason for my pending order is the sharpener.
Installing Quantum Tunneling Composite (QTC) into M@glite Solitare
Mine holds up great
As a EDC it cuts boxes, string, strip wires etc.
A thing i have learned: It tarnished badly cutting alu cans, but simple green and a scotch brite returned it to new.
Eventually it will dull, but with a 220 grit diamond wheel on my benchgrinder i forsee no problem.
I've had mine for 2-3 weeks, now, and it has survived all that I've thrown at with apparently no chipping of the blade whatsoever (examined with a powerful loupe). I use it for vegetable chores mostly and peeling potatoes and cutting them into jumbo fries seems to be it's most frequent usage, but it's also been used for opening packages and mail, as well as other projects as they arise.
I also ordered a cheap ceramic folder from DealExtreme (top knife in photo) at the same time that I ordered the ceramic.org knife, to compare and see if the $54.95us ceramic.org knife (inc. shipping) would be noticably better than a $16.05us (inc. shipping) ceramic folder.
I actually like the fit and finish of the DX knife better. I also like the way the DX knife feels in use as it's a little larger and fits my fairly large hand better. The wood scales also keeping it from slipping around in my hand. The ceramic.org is a bit more slippery and I find myself being much more careful while using it than I am with the DX.
However, the blade of the ceramic.org is sharper and may well be of a better quality ceramic material or manufacturing process. The ceramic.org blade is pure white while the DX blade is yellowish (reminds me of an aged ivory piano key).
I ordered a titanium lowrider clip for the ceramic.org knife but theres no place to fit that one, so I'm planning to buy my own titanium sheet (.050) and make a custom clip for this knife. I'll try to remember to post a photo after I make and install the clip.
As for sharpening, I'm looking at both of the Kyocera diamond sharpeners. One is electric (around $100 shipped) and the other is manual (around $40 shipped). I'll try to remember to write about my experiences with these, after I use them.
The piece of titanium that I ordered came, for making a custom low-rider clip, as well as the countersunk/flat-top screws, tap and countersink. Unfortunately, I ordered the wrong screw size so I have to wait for the right ones, now.
When I took the ceramic.org knife (Rigger) apart I decided to use Nanolube to lubricate the ceramic to stainless contact points. Nanolube is supposed to imbed the surface of anything that it's applied to with a layer of diamonds, so I thought it the best solution for offsetting the hardness variance between these two dissimilar materials. I've been opening and closing the lubricated knife for about 30 mins., now. Even though I tightened the pivot a bit more than it was before disassembly, it has smoothed out very nicely. Particularly where the linerlock drops below the blade when it's fully opened.
A lube made with diamonds sounds like an oxymoron. Is it for real, and how would it work?
After over 24 hours since applying the Nanolube I washed off the carrier-oil with hot water, dishwashing soap and a toothbrush, so that I can use the knife on vegetables again (the carrier oil seems to be regular motor oil... smells like it anyway, to me). I also wanted to see if the new "embeded diamonds", alone, would stop the wearing away of the metal post, located on the underside of the spring liner-lock. I had lubed both the post and the entire ceramic surface that the post traveled along, generously. While washing away the carrier-oil I removed all previous traces of this posts abrasion, on the ceramic surface, then I opened and closed the blade continuously for several minutes. The above photo shows the result.
In my opinion, the wear is exactly the same as before the Nanolube treatment. Disappointing, for me.
Even without your disappointing result it seems to me that any lubrication would be from the carrier oil, not from the diamonds. It's also hard to imagine that varied surfaces would be imbedded with diamonds similarly... and why?
Please don’t take this the wrong way because I absolutely don’t mean this to sound condescending at all, but the technical answer to this would require a masters in chemical engineering with a minor in metallurgy. In lay terms, no lubricant will 100% stop dynamic / static friction. Reduce it sure, and to the extent of the reduction? That is the great race in lube chemical development.
So in this case, we have a dissimilar material contact situation. The ceramic is much much harder than the liner alloy it is in contact with and the ceramic is white in color (compounds the perceived appearance of wear / material transfer). It is perfectly normal to have discoloration and there is now way to stop it unless you have zero contact (air or magnetic cushion) the extent of the wear / friction reduction can only be judged over time and use. Also, did you lube / treat the liner lock side ? I wouldn’t be disappointed at all….. just yet.
I am going to be doing some lube related reviews and testing in the lube thread shortly so watch out for that.
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I really do find myself wishing that the Nanolube product would also be made in a food-industry form like "Super-Lube" which is based on Teflon lubricity instead of non-detonation nanodiamonds:
Yes, I had lubed the pivot bearing, friction pin/post (which is non-stainless, and after 3 weeks of sink washings and no oiling it's orange colored oxidation heavily fouled the area surrounding itself and all around the detent that's drilled in the ceramic blade) and the leading edge of the side-lock spring:
I wiped all surfaces of the ceramic to steel contact areas and relubed, again, with the Nanolube and am planning to cycle the blade (open and close = cycle) many times over the next 3-days, hopefully to build on the "previous layer" of nanodiamonds. I'll try to update, if I find anything noteworthy.
The lube thread is here:
What are you thoughts on the Super Lube. I have some coming and it will be included in my tests.
Interesting concept. Sounds like this nano-diamond stuff likes being hot.
Maybe if you whip open your knife really quickly it'll get to 200°C and make a difference. JK. I'd personally go for graphite instead, but that would mark your blade even more.The friction coefficient of the nano-diamond is very low at 200 °C when the test load is not more than 20 N. ... The nano-diamond modified by dimer ester possesses excellent antiwear and friction reducing performance at 500 °C and load 500 N.
I came up with a different solution: I ground the nub off the liner-lock, because I didn't like how it focused the liner's pressure on a single point of contact, and how it had to bump up over the edge of the blade when closing. (I demand smooth action from my knives.) Since removing the nub, and polishing the inner surface of the liner, the knife is much smoother to open, though not wear-free (and it never will be).
I lubricate my knife, as with all my knives and bike parts, with Tri-Flow oil. Never found anything better for the job.
Mmmmm.. doesn't that "nub" that you ground off engage the hole in the blade and serve to help hold the blade in the closed position, hence preventing accidential opening?
In theory yes, in practice no; I've never had a problem with it opening accidentally anyway. I just tighten the main pivot until the blade doesn't wiggle at all, and then I lock it in place with a drop of superglue, which is usually also enough to keep it from flipping open on accident. Besides, I feel much more comfortable operating a knife one-handed if it doesn't have something that I have to build up pressure to overcome before it starts moving, because that's how blades get closed on fingers -- or at least, that's how they get closed on MY fingers. These ceramic blades are so sharp they don't even pull on your skin while they're slicing you open, so I'm extra concerned about smooth operation with this knife.
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I have not used the Super Lube oil for over a year. I bought it for using on my road-bicycle chain. It's too tacky and picks up road-grit to readily. I switched to Break-Free, cut 50% with kerosene. I use Super Lube grease on my flashlights, both anodized threads and non-anodized threads. I like it, a lot.What are you thoughts on the Super Lube. I have some coming and it will be included in my tests.
I've been working on the titanium clip, a little:
Here, it's pretty much finished. It carries very nicely, now, when clipped to my pant's pocket:
After washing away all of the Nanolube I reassembled using the food grade Super-Lube, with Teflon. With Nanolube, the blade was cycled 1000's of times. I've no intention of applying any more of the regular Nanolube product to this knife again, as this knife's primary use is for food.
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Thanks for the pics coors. Dead on looks like what I'm doing to several knives in my collection. I ordered the Ti, just waiting for it to show up. I bent some mock ups out of soft coper so I could move them around and see what I like. Yours is maybe a bit better than mine for this Rigger though
I found this video, today, of the Kyocera manual diamond sharpener, for ceramic blades : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbyuFpct4JY
This diamond sharpener, for ceramic blades, in no longer manufactured as it has been superceded by Kyocera's 2010 electric (AA's) model: http://tinyurl.com/y7ltseb
*Update* Received my Kyocera DS-20 manual sharpener, today, and the blade profiles of both of my ceramic folding knives are all wrong for this sharpener, as the diamonds can't get to the blade's working edge. Am planning to reprofile the less expensive DX-purchased knife, first, then will try to sharpen, again.
Last edited by coors; 04-22-2010 at 03:20 PM.
Since I've started sharpening this Dealextreme ceramic folder I have completely neglected the "rigger". I was going to perfectly flatten the surface of a grinding wheel and then glue some wet/dry paper around it's circumference, to reprofile the ceramic blade, but instead have been just using the Kyocera DS-20 diamond sharpener, to reprofile. It is getting rediculously sharp. The trade off though is that the leading edge is now very thin and will undoubtedly be much more fragile. I'm thinking that shouldn't pose a problem if I just use this knife, henceforth, in the kitchen only. I don't think that I want to make the "rigger" into a dedicated kitchen knife, just yet, so I'll probably keep researching ceramic knife blade sharpening to see if I can find a suitable method to keep it's inherent edge toughness.
Concerning the Kyocera DS-20 sharpener, I really can not recommend it, as it has some serious design faults, in my opinion (and probably in the opinion of others as it's been discontinued and superceded by an electic model with embedded diamond rotary wheels). In the image above I have removed the upper handle/blade-guide portion from the base that holds the 4x diamond plates. The main design fault is that no matter which way you draw the ceramic blade through the diamond plates, 3/4" of the rear, right hand side of the blade will never come in contact with a diamond plate.
By removing one of the outer most plates, now the entire edge can be sharpened by alternating the direction that the blade is drawn through the diamond plates. This can only be done with the top, handle/blade guide, removed from the base. This means that you'll have to pay particular attention to keeping the blade straight as you draw it.