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Sun May 13, 2012 12:56 pm
Saw the announcement on Facebook that the Artifex had been reconfigured with a different hande and profile. Is it different enough from the original to warrant the additional $70 expenditure?
Sun May 13, 2012 1:34 pm
The main improvement is with the handle. We're using black micarta and trimmed down the front of the handle to make it a little more comfortable to hold and use. It should help balance the knife too because the handle is a little lighter. The grind on the knife should be slightly better but I have to use one before I know for sure if it's a noticeable improvement. The heat treat is the same so all in all I think it's not worth it if you have the orignal to get the new one. There's a huge number of people on the email waiting list for these. I wish I was better at anticipating demand when I first made them. I won't make that mistake again since there are 200 coming this week and 300 more coming in about a month. Lamson just bought a nice engraver so this should speed up lead times a little going forward.
Sun May 13, 2012 1:44 pm
The original one has a very good grind, and what improvements they made should be minimal. I do like the new handle material.
500 Artifexes... Now that's a picture I'd like to see
Sun May 13, 2012 2:06 pm
Being a semi-novice at this I have to ask..What do you mean by the "grind" being different?
Sun May 13, 2012 6:39 pm
It just means they made a very small adjustment on how the steel is ground to make the knife. All knives start out as a blank piece of steel and then they are ground down usually with a subtle convex taper toward the edge and also are tapered toward the tip. This is one of the key factors in making a kitchen knife cut well.
Mon May 14, 2012 10:44 am
What did you tweak on the grind?? How does the grind compare to the Addict 2 or Laser?
Mon May 14, 2012 12:33 pm
Thanks for the explaination. Is the profile any different?
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