Posted by Nicholas Laurenti on Jan 21st 2021

Intro to the Blog

About 5 years ago I got one of my first pocket knives, a Spyderco Ambitious with black G-10 handles and sporting a 8Cr13MoV steel blade. I was pretty pumped at the time and really enjoyed my new purchase. That is, until some time later when I put it through some decent use cutting up cardboard boxes. Up until that point, the knife handled pretty well opening mail and Amazon packages. But having to cut up a handful of boxes proved to be too much for that poor little edge. I was confused, how could a cardboard box defeat steel? What was going on? Thus began my journey into the world of knives and gear.

Over the last 5 years I have bought and sold numerous knives, from Spyderco Delica 4’s, to Kizer Mini Sheepdogs, to various sprint run Spyderco Para 3's and PM2’s to Boos Blades Smoke CM1’s (yes, that escalated quickly). But the best part of the last 5 years was learning about what makes a decent/good knife, understanding that not all blade steels are even remotely the same and realizing that there’s still so much more to learn!

Which brings me to the purpose of this blog. My goal is two fold; to educate and to be educated. What little I have learned over the last 5 years, I want to share and teach others who would otherwise be surprised that their 8Cr13MoV blade didn’t quite hold up as well as they expected. On the other hand, between first hand experience with new steels, doing research and getting feedback, I am looking forward to learning even more and sharing that knowledge with you all.