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Re: CPM M4 in use reports [Re: michiganroadkill] #13941666 07/01/19
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Another report of M4 performance
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Skinned a couple more yearling cattle yesterday and the knife is still shaving sharp. Thanks again
zach"


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Re: CPM M4 in use reports [Re: michiganroadkill] #13966384 07/11/19
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So being of sound mind I been finishing some of the CPM M4 in knives for myself. I already have more "personal" knives
than I can use, but I am sooooo good to myself.

It seems that 21 degrees gives a very nice edge for all shapes and blade thickness. I go to 600 grit and then leather strop.
I need to do some more extensive cutting and whittling to see how the edge retention is, but seems really good at this point.

Anyone who got one of this batch that would like a resharpen by me, it will only cost you the shipping to get it to me.

Have any of you done a resharpen on one of these blades yet?????? If so????????

Thanks
Tim
PS: IFFF I could post pics here I would show my personal knives here.
I can send a pic by smart ass phone if someone wants to post it here.

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Re: CPM M4 in use reports [Re: michiganroadkill] #13966647 07/11/19
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I am still using mine at the steeper angle (more like 15 degrees) and it does not seem to be too much. The edge does not roll and the thing stays shaving sharp. I will start killing deer in two months now so pretty soon I will run the blade over the diamond stone again and then polish on a water stone and after that I will just use it on deer gutting, shinning, breaking down into quarters boning out the carcass (Ribs and neck) and then it will be used for boning out the quarters. Once that begins I do not expect to have much to report until it gets dull enough to need to see the diamond stone again. That looks to me like it will take several years at least from the use I have put it through over the summer so far. Nothing seems to bother it. My favorite VG-10 knife with nearly the same geometry took just over two years (nine deer). I intend to compare apples to apples so I will only use it on deer once I start the test. If you want a interim report before I come back at the "end" just email me.

Re: CPM M4 in use reports [Re: michiganroadkill] #14260866 11/06/19
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Tim,

You made me the little 3.25" caper with thin green micarta handles and red liners in your second M4 run. It's pictured in the "What blade makers interest you most?" thread. I hadn't gotten the opportunity to use it until this evening. I skinned out a respectable whitetail buck (10 points and 165-170 pounds) with it down to the ears. Popped both front legs at the joint with it and down cut to the radial joint in the neck to get the head. I didn't sharpen it beyond what it was in the sheath before I started and when I was done it would still literally shave hair off my arm. Pulled a bit though. The blade is perfect for what I had it built for and I sincerely could not be happier with its performance.

It's an exceptional knife, and the second of your M4 knives I've had. Both out performed my expectations.

Thank you for making it for me.

Frank

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Re: CPM M4 in use reports [Re: michiganroadkill] #14261370 11/07/19
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Frank

Thanks for that report.

Seems to be a pretty good steel so far.

Thanks
Tim


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Re: CPM M4 in use reports [Re: michiganroadkill] #14278112 11/13/19
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Loaned the caper to a good friend that skinned out a mostly frozen 12 pointer with it over the weekend. Would also shave hair at the end of that along all points on the blade including the belly that does most of the cutting while skinning. Can't really ask for much more than that. Truly a great little knife.

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Re: CPM M4 in use reports [Re: michiganroadkill] #14279472 11/14/19
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And I think that one was at 24 degrees, but may have been 21.
Nice report.
Thanks
Tim


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