I'd like to talk about the term 'Steel Snob'. My experience so far, with knives that I really have used suggests that I might be a snob. I've tried 8cr13mov. Once. That knife was sharp like a razor and the edge was gone halfway through a simple task. Easy to restore, too - but I'd like to manage cutting up a single cardboard box in one go. Moving up from there, I've owned knifes made from CTS-BD1 and D2, which were better, but still lacking in terms of edge retention. I moved on to N690 which felt a bit better - it took a while until I needed to top it up again and it took the edge quite well - but I broke off the tip of that knife. The knives I use now are made from two steels: S35V and S90V. The S90V knife is a Manly Wasp. It's the cheapest pocket knife I own and it's the one I have in my pocket when I know I'll do some work where a knife comes in handy. This blade has been chipped when I used it as a screwdriver. It has been sratched when I cut pewter. I've cut carpets and thick, high density rubber pads. This blade took everything I threw at it and sliced it, clean and without complaint. I've topped it up with a steel on occasion, and I think I used a wet stone once. It is the most used, most abused blade I own and it easily is the sharpest. Is there a difference in steels, even though they are labeled the same? The S35V blade I use a lot is a Kizer Zipslip - might it have a lesser quality than a Sebenza, even though both have the same steel?