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#11
I've had good luck with and continue to have good luck with 154CM as well as Aus8.

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#12
COLD STEEL MASTER HUNTER
http://www.coldsteelknivesdirect.com/master-hunter

I bought this knife about 25 years ago. I have not been nice to it. In fact, I have abused the crap out of it.

I have gut deer with it. Then I have placed it on the breast bone, and took a hammer to the back of the blade, driving the edge down thru the bone splitting the breast bone open.

I have split wood with it. No kidding. On a backpacking trip, we found logs cut up at a camping area, but no small kindling. I took the knife, and with a small log, hammered on the top edge of the tip of the blade, driving the edge of the knife down thru the log. Splitting off hunks small enough to start a fire with. My buddies stared in amazement at what I was doing to this knife.

I have used it to cut down saplings about 3 to 4 inches in diameter. I have used it a a lever to pry things loose.

That my friends is how a knife is suppose to be used. No babying it. No sissy cuttings. Used, abused, and put away wet. It doesn't look pretty anymore, but it still performs. And that is what matters.

It held an edge like crazy. And when it finally would need sharpened, I was able to get it sharp again in no time at all. No other knife has ever put up with this kind of abuse and kept functioning like this thing has. I'm a customer for life. That is, if I ever decide I finally have to replace this one.

(I currently have it hooked to my GHB in the car.)
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#13
I like 1095 and 15n20.
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#14
It depends on the knife and its main task. For EDC pocketknives, I like 154CM or S30V stainless. For big fixed blades, 1095 is where it's at for me. I'd like one day to have a sword made with Bainite steel.

I think 400 series steel has a bad rep, undeservedly. The problem isn't so much the chemical content of the steel, but the tempering process. Most mass produced knives are mono-tempered, and usually incorrectly so. If tempered correctly, 420 can make an excellent blade. Conversely, a knife made with 1095 cro-van can turn out to be a lump of shit, if tempered poorly.

I posted a thread on PAZRT awhile back about knives, discussing steel types, blade profiles, and tempering, at Andrew's request. I'll have to post that here sometime.
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#15
jahwarrior72;23725 Wrote:It depends on the knife and its main task. For EDC pocketknives, I like 154CM or S30V stainless. For big fixed blades, 1095 is where it's at for me. I'd like one day to have a sword made with Bainite steel.

I think 400 series steel has a bad rep, undeservedly. The problem isn't so much the chemical content of the steel, but the tempering process. Most mass produced knives are mono-tempered, and usually incorrectly so. If tempered correctly, 420 can make an excellent blade. Conversely, a knife made with 1095 cro-van can turn out to be a lump of shit, if tempered poorly.

I posted a thread on PAZRT awhile back about knives, discussing steel types, blade profiles, and tempering, at Andrew's request. I'll have to post that here sometime.

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Curmudgeon;23730 Wrote:
jahwarrior72;23725 Wrote:It depends on the knife and its main task. For EDC pocketknives, I like 154CM or S30V stainless. For big fixed blades, 1095 is where it's at for me. I'd like one day to have a sword made with Bainite steel.

I think 400 series steel has a bad rep, undeservedly. The problem isn't so much the chemical content of the steel, but the tempering process. Most mass produced knives are mono-tempered, and usually incorrectly so. If tempered correctly, 420 can make an excellent blade. Conversely, a knife made with 1095 cro-van can turn out to be a lump of shit, if tempered poorly.

I posted a thread on PAZRT awhile back about knives, discussing steel types, blade profiles, and tempering, at Andrew's request. I'll have to post that here sometime.

You want it? (found it, reading it now)


This is another very good resource, written by someone very well respected in the community;

http://www.zknives.com/knives/articles/k...lfaq.shtml
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