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Columbia SA35 fixed blade !

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John McDouall Stuart
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How tight was the factory bevel ? Was it insanely tight ? Off the hook , cut snake , tight ?
I reground the edge , and ......... The bevel was so tight I was not sure I could match it , or even come close to it !
So I reground the edge at what I imagined might be around 20 something degrees .. It was not .. It was a crazy tight regrind that was no where near as tight as the factory edge !

Fail was about 250 slices ..
I then wood stropped the edge and processed some fat wood .
That SA35 bit the wood hard . scary hard .. I became very tentative and nervous processing the fatwood .
Striking the ferro was good . But it's a big knife ( 7 1/4 inch blade ) and that makes small spaces difficult to work in .
But it did it .

Factory bevel = FUBAR in the worst sense ! What freak of nature ground that edge ?
My regrind which is no where near as tight , came out at fourteen degrees .
You read that right ! So what the hell was the factory bevel ? Maybe ten degrees or less ..
That's just silly stupid ! I guess these things happen when you buy a budget knife , hu ?
So next time at the rope , the edge will be 60 grit ground and at fourteen degrees !

For those in Oz , the Columbia range can be purchased local ( Australia )
If you so felt inclined . ( FeeBay )
 

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Columbia SA35 with a 14 degree bevel ..
I really thought , no way the edge wont roll !
Yeah , the edged rolled .... Badly enough to fail at 500 slices ...
Value for money index is around ... 0.07 cents a slice .
That's a $35 knife failing at 500 ..
I was expecting the fail earlier than that .. Like maybe 300 or 350 .
Next time this knife is sharpened , I will have to aim for a bevel around 18 degrees I think ..
Im not disappointed ? Astounded perhaps by the factory bevel !

Hehehehehehehe , the SA35 certainly floats my boat @ $35 Australian bananas ..
 

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Just trying out the 14 degree bevel on FatWood ...
This is the BBQ grade FatWood , so is a little slow firing up ..
Ferro rod gave issue , the rod pulled out of the grip . Bad Juju !

EDGE - Edge did roll in two places , but stropped back strong .
So 14 degrees is way tight .. I wonder if that steel would hold 16 degrees ?
Oh yeah , ordered a leather sheath .. Came in reasonable time .
Figured that if the SA35 was not flash , one of my SA39's would fill the leather sheath .
 
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