This is my first post, but I have been lurking for over a year and have learned alot reading these forums from time to time. Most of my knowledge of knives is from using them, but I have lil to no technical knowlege.
I bought my first spyderco, the persian, based on looks last year. IT has been my EDC since and its great. My second the perrin is in the mail as I type this. I had no real knowledge of steel at the time, and really dont have any practical knowlege now other than what I've read here.
During a typical hunting season I may clean 500 - 1000 waterfowl ( i didnt kill them all myself) and 4 or 5 deer.
1st I would like any of you guys or Sals opinion on what spyderco knife with which would be best suited for breasting birds. (I was thinking maybe the stretch)
2nd Im tired of my knives dulling by the time I get done cleaning one deer. What knife do you guys recomend for skinning/cleaning deer. It doesnt have to be a huge knife either. I havent used my persian on a deer yet, althoguh Im sure it would be better than what I have been using.
3rd where is the best place to learn about the different steels. THe education page here is good, but is there laymens terms somwhere that rate steel based on intended use, hardness, edge holding, sharpenabliity?
IS VG-10 the best all around?
what about the ATS-34, AUS-8, BG-42, S30V, and the other good steels I probaly havent heard of, how do the compare to eachother. I know there is probably a complete thread on this somewhere if someone could point me to it. I like a knife that holds an edge, but I have to be able to sharpen it also.
Thanks you guys have been a wealth of knowledge.