I've been carrying my grey Para2 sprint a lot lately and giving it some solid around the house/yard workouts.
I was excited when this came out because of Ankerton's edge retention rating for this steel (Ranking-of-Steels-in-Categories-based-on-Edge-Retention). He puts it in category one with S90V and M390. However, over the past month, I've lowered my expectations for the performance of this steel - and I wonder if my experience is typical of every one else.
I got a good bevel on the edge of my Para2 at about 32° - and I don't normally run a microbevel. I proceeded to use the knife for normal around the house chores - opening letters and packages, trimming cardboard, light carving on wood, etc. The toughest challenge I gave it was making about a 12 foot cut across a carpet end roll.
Well, today, after about three weeks of "normal" usage, my son borrows my Para to cut out a coupon out of a paper flyer. The blade wasn't sharp enough to cut the thick paper without tearing it. I looked at the bevel with a 10x loupe, and some parts still had a decent edge, but in other places the edge was deformed or chipped.
Now you guys know me - I wasn't banging this edge into rock or steel posts. I was a bit shocked that the edge didn't hold up as well as I anticipated. I give S30v knives this type of treatment and often get better edge retention. Anyway, I sharpened this thing up tonight - and with minimal effort, it was scary, hair-popping sharp once again.
I was just curious, since this is a relatively new steel for us Spyderholics, has anyone else had experience with keeping an edge on 20CP?