Originally Posted by Bearspirit
I'm thinking just blame Fiskers for buying out Gerber and screwing the whole thing up; By the way Tennessee, Your Tops is made the same way Busse knives are made; Blanked and hand finished to perfection , I'd go tops anyday before Busse, I just can't justify the price .
I like TOPS. I plan on getting another. I agree fiskars is the problem. They did me and where I used to work very dirty in 2002. I lost everything partly because of them.
Meathunter. You are right on TOPS warranty. They will honor bad heat treats and defects though. I dont care how good you are sometimes heat treats wont take and steel gets brittle or annealed. 1095 strength is all in how you heat treat then temper it.
The best way on 1095 is 1475 degrees quench in an oil bath then clean and temper it in an oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. What your looking for is roughly 62 RC. I dont see Busse's steel as vastly superior. I think thats strategic marketing. 1095 is hard pressed to be beat for hard use and combat knives if its heat treated and tempered right. Othewise it wouldnt be the top choice of steel for top hard use and combat knife makers. Its a preferred steel of the military.You can break any knife if you use it as a prybar hammer or a splitting maul. I have been a Multi Craft Millwright Machinist/Welder Fabricator and Industrial Mechanic/Electrician since 1992. Any tool is only as good as the man using it. You use a knife right and it will last a lifetime. Thats why I dont buy this "one knife to survive" concept.
You need the right tool for the job, everytime you do a job. Its a pet peeve of mine.