Best knife steel??

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by JMAtactical, May 18, 2013.

  1. JMAtactical

    JMAtactical New Member

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    Tell me what your opinion is and why!! I am on the hunt for a new EDC and I want an all around awesome blade
     
  2. jackrich3

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    D2, Good Carbon steel
     

  3. txpossum

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  4. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    While D2 is technically a carbon steel, it is about as close as a carbon steel can get to being stainless. Very good corrosion resisitence.
     
  5. HockaLouis

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    There are so many with a little different properties. I have a coupla D2's and M390's, a few S30V's and many 154CM's. But I wouldn't hate on a better 440 stainless (B or C). The knives I carried and used the most daily? Don't laugh but after I got tired of carrying my Buck "brass knuckles" 425M steel folding Hunter in its leather belt pouch I used a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife daily for years till I wore out the steel lanyard hole it hung from a beltloop on. I may have run a hone over the blades twice. Then I paid what I thought was alotta money for a cute little serrated AUS-8 Spyderco original Walker a buddy sharpened once. He also gave me a very discretly clipped (as you can see) Benchmade serrated 3-1/2"-blade Pika (now discontinued) in 440C I never sharpened which I took to carrying and still do when occasions suggest it, but usually it is the slightly more diminutive serrated Spyderco Native with its CPMS30V "supersteel" that I carry. These were, are, all great working knives.
     

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  6. JMAtactical

    JMAtactical New Member

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    I must say my friend that was an amazing article. I am impressed. If y'all have anymore articles or helpful advice please let me know
     
  7. trip286

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    Ya know, as much of a knife nut as I am, I don't know much of anything about the different steels.

    My current EDC is a Bali-Song. Not any run of the mill butterfly knife...

    http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benchmade

    Read the history section of Banchmade.

    The Bali-Song brand (as I'm sure some of you know), was the startup brand by the founder of Benchmade, which later became Pacific cutlery, which then moved (Oregon I guess) and became Benchmade.

    It's by far the best pocket knife I've ever carried, in regards to ease of use and carry, edge retention, and WARRANTY as it's still covered, even though it was likely built in the 70's and the company has undergone very significant changes (I called and verified warranty personally).

    And I don't even know what kind of steel it is. The blade is marked with the Bali-Song trademark, made in USA, and the patent number, but not the type of steel used as many are.
     
  8. txpossum

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    I re-read that article evey so often. It made things a lot clearer in my own mind.
     
  9. txpossum

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    My current edc is a vintage Gerber Folding Sportsman from the 70's, when Gerber made good knives; if I'm in a suit I clip a Benchmade mini-Gripitilain to my waist band. I also usually slide on of the Queen D2 trappers in my pocket.
     
  10. HockaLouis

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    Funny u say that TX. I often carry my CRKT Rave dressed for work-work as a "gentleman's pocket knife." It is deceptively small, handsome, and light enough to be considered such (2.9" 8cr13MoV steel blade which is kinda like AUS-8 or 440B). ...by me at least should anybody else ever take note of it. Unless and until they may try to open it that is -- they don't call it Burst Opening for nothing! Discontinued but guaranteed for life and I have two...

    http://www.crkt.com/Gallagher-Rave-Fire-Safe-OutBurst-Razor-Sharp-Edge

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJPzraGXelM[/ame]
     

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  11. txpossum

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    Yep, if I like a knife I aways try to have a spare in case something happens to one.
     
  12. JMAtactical

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    Well my newest knife is a CRKT special forces Tanto M-16 and it has 8cr14mov steel. I like that steel a lot. It's not as high quality as s30v but it has its qualities that make me like it.

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  13. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    Carbon steel, only problem is that it can be hard to sharpen
     
  14. Dan308

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    1095 high carbon, sharpens easy, gets really sharp, keeps an edge
     
  15. FullautoUSA

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    I find carbon steel to be hard to sharpen
     
  16. eatmydust

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    I kinda like damascus steel.
     

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  17. Hawg

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    I don't see why. Carbon steel is a lot easier to sharpen than stainless and gets much sharper. It just doesn't hold an edge as well.
     
  18. FullautoUSA

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    I can never seem to get a good edge on my Ka-Bar USMC, and that's carbon steel, it might just be my knife or my sharpener
     
  19. JMAtactical

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    I have more trouble with my spyderco persistence with the 8cr13mov steel keeping it sharp. But when talking steel there is always a trade off somewhere. Either giving up some toughness for hardness or the other way around or giving up corrosion resistance. I like high carbon steel a lot that being said. On the other hand I like most steels and only hate on the lowest grades. For instance anything lower than AUS-6
     
  20. HockaLouis

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