Boye Dendritic Cobalt Blades-New Pics

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  1. Lazarusaurus

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    Curious if anybody here has ever used one. Wondering how the edge performs on wood. His Basic 3 loooks like it'd be a handy little bushcraft blade. No rust either.

    https://www.boyeknives.com/
     
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    Wow! That's some incredible stuff.
     
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    I really like that sheepsfoot model.
     
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    The dendrites are microscopic and are a result of how the molten metal cools when the blade is cast. From everything I have read, the enhanced effects on cutting and slicing are real, not just marketing crap.
     
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    Thanks for the link, Bookmarked the site for future study reference.........purchase?????
     
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    Years ago I my hands on one of his folders.
    I used it to cut a large cardboard box into ribbons. Then gave a couple stokes on a ceramic rod and it was shaving sharp.
     
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    I used to have one - it worked OK, but was a bit thick behind the edge for really fine curls. (much like an ESEE 5)
     
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    Excellent explanation!!:35:

    I've made a couple of hawks with dedritic stainless steel heads. That is some hungry steel. Tough without being brittle.

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    Interesting. Not cheap but not outrageous either.

    The marketing seems to focus on their no rust, non-magnetic, and cutting properties. Aside from that, I'd wonder how strong they are. I see they are investment cast i.e. made using the lost wax casting method (lost wax allows casting in much finer detail than sand casting, which is used for most cast iron cookware, etc).

    The grain structure of a cast steel knife wouldn't have anywhere near the strength of a forged steel knife (speaking as a layman) but perhaps with cobalt it's a different story, IDK.
     
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    Not used Boye pieces, but am pretty familiar with Stuart Ackerman's investment cast 440C. Special stuff. Apart from the fact that the blades have great geometry, are ground well and have excellent handles given to them, the steel gets toothier and more aggressive the longer you use it.

    Fixed blades, his Serratas and smaller Pugs are. Spyderco picked up on the Serrata. But if, by chance, you can get one from Ackerman (they also some times appear second-hand) do grasp the opportunity with all your limbs and teeth :)

    Ackerman often acknowledges Boye for blazing the trail. A folder in this stuff is an appealing notion

    One thing about the Serratas (and possibly the Boye's too then) is that a light etching of the surface of the blade reveals a mysterious and suggestive world of organic and crystalline formations hidden in the structure of the metal
     
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    Just ordered one. I'll post my thoughts once I get to use it a bit.
     
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    So knife showed up today. Just opened it, so haven't had much of a chance to use it yet. First off, company is good to deal with. No problems with shipping, etc. Prompt reply to email. Fit and finish is great. Blade came very sharp. Easily shaves arm hair. Lockup is rock solid. Extremely light. Barely feels like it's there when I slip it in my pocket. What's really cool is that the patterning on the scales and the titanium marlin spike mirrors the denderitic formations in the blade.

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    Size comparison with Manix 2 and Farmer:

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    How does the weight compare?
     
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    Boye lists the weight at 2.5 ounces. I don't have a scale, but sounds about right. It's extremely light.
     
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    Everything I have read about Boye knives has been complimentary. And all the stuff about grain structures seems to pass my common sense test. If nothing else, he has been a very successful knife maker and seller for decades without hardly any marketing. One of his knives is on my short list and then maybe another....
     
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    That marlin looks like a handy oyster opener :)
     
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    The marlin spike has been useful for all kinds of scraping and jabbing. I suppose it could be used to spike a marlin as well, but I am fresh out.
     
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    Is that spike sharpened like an awl on Victorinox Soldier? If so... not so safe for rope work. But should be great for bushcrafting :)
     
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    Nope. Not sharp.
     
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    I have a fixed blade Boye. They are nice slicers.
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    I’ve had one for 2 decades, I think.

    I got it as a saltwater knife for kayaking.

    It was going to be that or a self-made copper alloy blade.

    They are scandi grind BTW, at least mine is and they were and very lightweight.

    They are, still, one of the few scandi folders out there.

    They sharpen easily but I find they do not get shaving sharp, instead keeping their toothiness.

    I “waved” mine...

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    Okay... I ordered one.

    Intrigued by the dendritic cobalt alloy.

    I do rope work too (SAR) so the marlin spike may come in handy for tight knots.

    Or poking the free samples they always seem to have at the Korean market LOL.
     
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    Dang...double tap
     
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