Overview of Knife Blade Steels

Choosing the best knife for yourself and your task at hand can feel overwhelming when looking at all of the options that there are. You have to decide between steel types, blade shapes, and what the knife’s purpose is. To make this process easier for everyone, I have decided to do a beginner’s series. To start off with, I am going to define the different … Continue reading Overview of Knife Blade Steels

The Life and Times of Blade Steel

When choosing a knife, be it for everyday multi-purpose use or for a specific task, it helps to have an understanding of the properties of various blade steels because in many ways it’s the steel you are actually buying when selecting a knife. However, manufacturer finishing and techniques such as heat treatment will play a large role in the overall performance of any given steel. … Continue reading The Life and Times of Blade Steel

Review of AUS 8 Stainless Steel

AUS 8 Steel The single most important component of a good knife is the steel used to make it. A tough, versatile, damage-resistant steel can make or break a knife’s performance, as well as give them their high-quality standards. Stainless steel is a popular alloy type because of its unparalleled resistance to rust, as well as its convenient and stress-free ease of maintenance. The high … Continue reading Review of AUS 8 Stainless Steel

What is CPM-S35VN Steel?

CPM S35VN Steel Review When Crucible Industries introduced its CPM S30V steel, blade-smiths and knife-lovers alike fell in love with it; the quality wear resistance, toughness, and machinability offered by the steel was equal to none other. People were calling it, “the best knife steel available,” and indeed, it might have been. Until Crucible Industries announced that they were coming out with a newer, improved … Continue reading What is CPM-S35VN Steel?

What are the benefits of ELMAX Steel?

ELMAX Steel in Knives Choosing the right steel for a knife is not an easy thing to do. There are just so many variables to consider, such as strength, toughness, corrosion and wear-resistance, and the ability to take an edge- to be sharpened. Stainless steel is a popular steel due to its ease of maintenance as well as its stronger resistance to rust, giving stainless … Continue reading What are the benefits of ELMAX Steel?

Advantages of CPM-S30V Stainless Steel

CPM-S30V has become one of the most used premium steels on the market among knife manufacturers.  Originally developed by both Chris Reeve (a world renowned knife maker) and Dick Barber of Crucible Industries, S30V is a martensitic powder-made stainless steel. Martensitic is a specific type of stainless steel alloy. There are three main classifications of stainless steels if you want to classify them by their … Continue reading Advantages of CPM-S30V Stainless Steel

What is D2 Tool Steel and How Does It Compare?

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE STEEL Wikipedia describes tool steel as a “variety of carbon and alloy steels that are particularly well-suited to be made into tools”.    The Benchmade website describes D2 as “An air-hardened tool steel, which offers good corrosion resistance and excellent mileage in wear resistance. A good choice for hard use applications.”  The Spyderco website describes D2 as a mix of the following, … Continue reading What is D2 Tool Steel and How Does It Compare?

154 CM Steel: A Popular Choice for Knives

There are a lot of things that go into the design of a good knife. Blade shape, handle geometry and grip materials contribute to the overall functionality of a knife. At the heart of every knife, however, is the steel used in its construction. 154 CM steel is a popular steel used in many modern blade designs. Originally designed for heavy industrial applications, knife makers … Continue reading 154 CM Steel: A Popular Choice for Knives