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Your favorite knife steel
#1
I prefer 10-series (1075-1095), 5160, 52100, O1 and A2. The high carbon sharpens easily, holds an edge very well, can be put thru hell, but is prone to corrosion. A2 is excellent, but I have to send it out to be heat-treated.
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I'm not well versed, but my favorite folder ever was ATS 34. Always held a good edge for me.
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spblademaker;16691 Wrote:I prefer 10-series (1075-1095), 5160, 52100, O1 and A2. The high carbon sharpens easily, holds an edge very well, can be put thru hell, but is prone to corrosion. A2 is excellent, but I have to send it out to be heat-treated.

High carbon tool steels are great for many applications, but I'm a stainless guy.

I'll take good old VG10 or S30V any day.

If you like tool steels you should look at CTS-XHP. Think D2 but more corrosion resistant.

I'm also into really top end stuff that I really shouldn't be buying like Cruwear and 3V.
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My buddy uses S30V and D2 on some of his knives. I would take D2 over A2, but never used it personally.
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#5
I've had excellent results with S30V, but I'm not really a knife whore or anything.
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#6
Christ i have no idea, i just know that 440 of any flavor seems to blow chunks.

I've had good luck with AUS-8 knives. Until i lost them. LOL.
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#7
Not a knife expert by any means. Just my experiences:
  • VG10 VG1 here on an old Voyager. Really holds an edge. Thought it was VG10...
  • Ditto with 154CM on a BM42.
  • Have a 9" Tanto with San Mai III that holds an edge well, too.

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Valorius;17875 Wrote:Christ i have no idea, i just know that 440 of any flavor seems to blow chunks.

I've had good luck with AUS-8 knives. Until i lost them. LOL.

You think the 440 series steels are bad try the 420, like using tin foil.
However there is one exception, 440v, also known as S60V, is badassmcnasty.

AUS 8 is fairly similar to 440b. Wink


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#9
I know little about steels. But most of my carry knives are S30V or 154CM.

AUS-8 has always dulled on me very quickly. 440c was never sharp to begin with. The only knife I still use with AUS-8 is an Ontario Rat 1, and I mainly just carry it around the house. Used it to cut up steak yesterday for a salad.

My 154CM blades.... they're sharp, and they stay sharp. Getting an awesome edge back is tough. I can get them "shaving" sharp, but nothing too impressive. However "shaving" sharp is sharp enough for most any realistic task. These consist of my Benchmade's, Emerson's and my Spyderco Manix.

My S30V blades I don't use as often. Every one of them is frighteningly sharp. I have yet to have to sharp one yet. These consist of my Spyderco Paramilitary 2, Zero Tolerance 0350, and my Doug Ritter RSK MK1 (Benchmade Griptilian).
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#10
I don't have much knowledge about steel but I would say 1095 Cro-Van is on the top of my list.
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