I hope to own one....or a few .......some day, but this is the first time I thought to myself "GEC could/should do better"
RE ground the Rat 2's this morning, these knives were about .023 Behind The Edge. Well that's not bad for a modern knife but it's not good geometry for a knife used as a knife. With the thin blade stock it could be better.They're about .015 BTE now and they are excellent cutters.I tried to as an experiment and ground the R2-D2 to 220 grit but it gets difficult on the harder steels to get the 400 grit marks off. Lesson learned I went back to 400 grit and I think it looks better that way, it is after all a $35 knife.(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)
That's great job! I just measured my 91mm SAK, and it's about 0.015 BTE. I could imagine being a much bigger blade, 0.023 BTE probably won't make it as good as a slicer, and improvement should be very noticeable afterwards. This is a territory I really want to learn more about as a knife enthusiast, I could touchup/sharpen/reprofile a blade edge ok, but making that primary grind is something I totally lack experience of.Btw, R2-D2, what a cool name for this value knife.
To do it takes nerve, or confidence or a lack of common sense, I have plenty of the last. This is my entire modern collection, minus the two Rat's.The Bugout, Freek & Smith & sons are the thickest BTE at .019, the Mini Barrage & Saibu are .016, the red & black wasp is under .015.The Bugout has become afraid of grinders and for good reason, it's got a good sized blade and is lighter than many knives half it's size. It's just asking for a regrind, I do like a knife that cuts well.(Image removed from quote.)
I see a Cypress in that bunch ol'knives. I didn't know you had one of those. Smith has only done or two runs of those. Good score. What your assessment of it?