Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cranky Palette is Cranky

To whom it may concern:

1) Requiem for a Dream is an awesome piece of music. Please, for the love of God, stop hitching it to every banal piece of Hollywood shit in existence (I'm looking directly at you, America's Got Talent).

2) 420 stainless steel is complete and utter shit and suitable only for dinnerware and pocketknives. If the knife catalog only says "stainless steel" then I guarantee you it's 420-440 because if it was anything better, they would say so in the ad copy. For more information about what steels you should choose, go here.

3) There is a special circle of Hell reserved for people who replace C's with K's and I's with Y's, and vice-versa. If you have named yourself Kandi Magyk, I will bludgeon you with the collected works of the Brontë sisters until you learn that there is a difference between English adapting to changing times and being lazy for the sake of sensationalism.




  1. Hehe. PalPal has fallen for the hype.

    420 generally is a pile of crap (and 440 is barely acceptable).

    But every knifemaker will say this and that about the quality of the particular steel that they use.

    Cold Steel use some variants, and I'm sure they're nice, but other serious knifemakers use other types of steel and speak just as warmly for their particular choices.

  2. I wouldn't necessarily say I've fallen for the hype. Cold Steel just had a handy FAQ to which I could link. I'll happy give equal time to other makers of quality knives.

    (In fact, I'm in the process of ordering a Mora of Sweden 860 MG, which uses 12C27 Sandvik stainless.)

    I guess what it boils down to is "research the type of steel used in any knife and make sure it matches what you want it to do." Because if you buy a knife for $15 to $20, odds are excellent it'll be shiny crap.


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