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#1 posted 02-01-2013 09:37 PM

”How does it compare to the Tenyru gold series? I’ve been happy with it but I’m always looking for something better.”

I’ve tried the Tenryu Gold Medal,Ridge Carbide TS2000, WWII, CMT 213.040.10, and DeWalt DW7657 (+Delta 35-7657) head to head. I don’t do scientific testing, but I try to eliminate as many variables as possible. The Gold Medal, TS2000, and WWII all performed within a gnat’s eyelash of each other in my experience. The TS2000 does have larger carbide than the others in this group, which withstands more sharpenings but doesn’t really effect cut quality. The DW7657 is pretty close in performance for a fraction of the cost. The two CMT 213.040.10 that I’ve tried must have been defective, because both performed poorly, but I know others have gotten good results from it. They all have fairly similar designs.

The Infinity Super General offers a Hi-ATB grind combined with a dual edge side grind that is different than most standard 40T general purpose blades, and clearly has superior fine crosscut and ply capability, as well as a more highly polished edge in rip cuts, but is a bit less efficient in thicker rips. The Freud Fusion is pretty similar. The new 48T WWII isn’t an overly similar design, but offers similar strengths and weaknesses….it’s my opinion that Forrest introduced this blade in response to a couple of blade comparisons where the Super General and Fusion outperformed the standard WWII in the areas I mentioned.

FWIW, Holbren regularly offers the TS2000 for $89.95 with free shipping….use “Bt310” discount code, and the delivered cost is ~ $81.

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