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Benchmade 522 Presidio Ultra - Pardue Axis Lock - Plain Edge 3.47 in .125 in 440C 58-60 rc 22 Degrees/Side 1000# Diamond / 1600# Ceramic / 10 Micron Strops Top A.5
 
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Benchmade 525 Mini-Presidio - Axis Lock - Plain Edge 2.97 in .115 in 154CM 58-59 rc 20-22 Degrees/Side 3.5um Top. A.5
 
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Kershaw Blur 3.3125" .125" ZDP-189 64HRC 17 1um Bottom. A.5 EDC (Every day carry)
 
Authors Comments:After several months of experimenting, I've settled on 17 degrees for this knife. It gives great performance and holds its edge well. I keep it pretty polished for show and sometimes it's a little too smooth for the work it does so I might put a slightly toothy, almost invisible micro-bevel on it.
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Browning Kodiak FDT 3 Blade 3.25" .125" AUS-8 56-57 Skinner=20 Hide Blade=17 Skinner=3.5um Hide Blade=.25um Top A.5 Hunting, Field Dressing
 
Authors Comments:I've used this knife for over a decade to field dress hundreds of elk and have tinkered with a myriad of angles and finish levels. I finally settled on 20 degrees for the skinner with a moderately toothy finish of 3.5um and for a final bevel of 17 degrees for the hide blade with a polished finish of .25um. I relieved the shoulders on the hide blade down to 13 degrees and the added the micro-bevel. With continued stropping at 15 degrees, the edge is now nicely convex.
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Benchmade Mini-Griptilian - Doug Ritter 2.88 .1 S30V 62 22 1600 Ceramic Bottom A.5
 
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Benchmade 9500 Mini-Auto Stryker 2.9" .1" 154CM 58-60HRC 20 3.5um Top A.5 EDC
 
Authors Comments:I've experimented with this knife many dozens of times over the years. My conclusion is that the steel won't hold well under 20 degrees. It's important to treat the blade in two sections to preserve the tanto geometry. I don't recommend a convex edge because of the loss of some of the precision cutting. It's an excellent EDC, especially for any utility work.
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22 Degrees / 1000# Diamond

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Chris Reeve Large Sebenza 3.625" 0125" S35VN 58-59 RC 17 Deg. with 18 Deg. Microbevel 17 Deg. finished at 3.5u Strop Top Holes A.5
 
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Gerber Freeman Drop Point 3.5" .134" S30V 56-58RHC 20 3.5um Bottom A.5 Field Dressing, Skinning
 
Authors Comments:This is a stout knife but doesn't hold an edge like I'd expect from the steel. I initially tried it at 17 degrees but had to go back to 20 to get it to last for an elk or two.
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SOG Field Pup 4" .125" AUS-8 57-58HRC 20 1600# Top A.5 Field Dressing, Skinning
 
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Spyderco Delica 4 2.875" 2.5mm VG-10 N/A 20 degrees 3.5 micron strop Top A.5 EDC
 
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