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Bark River Bravo 1 4.250 inches .215 inches A-2 tool steel 59 17 degrees ceramics and strops with 5 and 3.5 micron pastes, I do a lot of stropping with green paste day to day and so I get a convexing to this edge over time top B-5 survival/bushcraft/tactical
 
Authors Comments:LJM it originally came with a zero degree convex edge which I found was a bit too fine and subject to chipping and rolling; I love the 17 degree angle razor sharp and tough
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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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Cold Steel Black Sable 4" .125" San Mai III 58 HRC 18 primary bevel, 19 degree micro bevel 1600# Top B.5 EDC
 
Authors Comments:I originally created the bevels at 18 degrees and polished them to .5 microns before adding a micro-bevel at 19 degrees with the 1600# ceramic stones to give a mirrored bevel and slightly reduced shoulder while making the actual edge a little wider and giving it some micro teeth.
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Becker BK16 4.375 0.165 1095 56-58 20 1600 Bottom. B 0.5
 
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Kabar Becker bk2 (new model) 5-1/4" 0.250 1095 Cro-Van 56-58 HRC 20 degrees 3.5um Bottom. B.5
 
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Spyderco Ambitious 2.25" 0.125" 8Cr13MoV HRC 58-59 15 0.5um 1st A.5 EDC
 
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Buck Alpha Hunter 3.5" ? 420HC ? 17 1000# diamond, a few light cleanup passes with 5um leather Bottom B Hunting
 
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Bradely Alias ii 2.95 .120 S30V Unknown 18 1000 Stones, 6 micron strop , 3 micron strop Top B
 
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Fallkniven A1 6.3 0.24 VG-10 59 15 1600 Low B 0.75
 
Authors Comments:I put a 15 degrees microbevel on top of a 13 degrees convex edge
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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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