Z-Tuff Chopper

A while back Chuck Bybee sent me a piece of Z-Tuff which is a new experimental steel from Zapp. It is supposed to be as tough as S7 with the edge holding of A2. We shall see because I'm gonna do a pass-around with it and let people beat it like a rented mule.
I hardened it to ~62 HRC and gave it a full flat grind with a satin belt finish. The handles are Natural Canvas Micarta bolted up with SS Corbys & sealed with Acraglass. It has a ~8.5" cutting edge, 1 & 7/8" wide, & .283" thick at the Ricasso. Overall length is ~13.75".
I still gotta make a sheath for it and may have it Ceracoated. If anybody wants to get on the tester list give me a call and I'll go over the requirements.
 

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J. ROSA

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Nice! I have a piece I bought from Zapp sitting here but I haven't tested this steel yet. Love A2 and I use a fair amount of s7 for hawks so I'm really looking forward to this steel.
 

Justin Presson

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That looks sweet Darrin! You bet I want to get on the list for the pass around!! I will give ya a call. The new house we bought has some saplings and brush in the back yard that will need to go.
 
A while back Chuck Bybee sent me a piece of Z-Tuff which is a new experimental steel from Zapp. It is supposed to be as tough as S7 with the edge holding of A2. We shall see because I'm gonna do a pass-around with it and let people beat it like a rented mule.
I hardened it to ~62 HRC and gave it a full flat grind with a satin belt finish. The handles are Natural Canvas Micarta bolted up with SS Corbys & sealed with Acraglass. It has a ~8.5" cutting edge, 1 & 7/8" wide, & .283" thick at the Ricasso. Overall length is ~13.75".
I still gotta make a sheath for it and may have it Ceracoated. If anybody wants to get on the tester list give me a call and I'll go over the requirements.
How did the tests turn out? I’ve made a couple blades in this steel, but haven’t tested thoroughly yet.
 
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