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What are the blade steel preferences here on the forum?

Discussion in 'Knives' started by nw1911guy, Feb 18, 2012.

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Which Blade Steel or Steels do you prefer?

  1. ATS 34 / 154CM

    23.8%
  2. O1

    9.5%
  3. S30V

    48.8%
  4. 440c

    4.8%
  5. D2

    13.1%
  6. M2

    2.4%
  7. 1095

    19.0%
  8. AUS8A

    7.1%
  9. BG42

    2.4%
  10. Other

    27.4%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. nw1911guy

    nw1911guy Loaded Pockets

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    Just trying to feel out what people here prefer for blade steels. Love to hear the feedback.
     
  2. hatchetjack

    hatchetjack EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    All my folders except one use S30V or 154CM. My Kershaw Rake is the D2 composite.. My fixed blades are O1, 5160 and Carbon V.
     
  3. nw1911guy

    nw1911guy Loaded Pockets

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    Sorry I didn't get 5160 into the poll.
     
  4. defuse kit

    defuse kit Loaded Pockets

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    Or M4, VG-10, VG-1. Just saying.
     
  5. Nickortizzle1035

    Nickortizzle1035 Loaded Pockets

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    i don't have 1 favorite, so i'll list my top steels in no particular order.

    • M390
    • S90V
    • N690
    • ELMAX
    • ZDP189
    • M4 (too bad it isn't stainless...)
     
  6. nw1911guy

    nw1911guy Loaded Pockets

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    lol I only had 10 slots to work with. Is VG10 even available in raw form?
     
  7. Tarponfly49

    Tarponfly49 Loaded Pockets

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    Liking S35VN so far...
     
  8. floater

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    01 for bushcraft and vg10 for show
     
  9. IMWILSON
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    IMWILSON EDC Wizard

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    1095, great edge retention. I know some don't like it because it can rust. But a little oil from time to time goes a long way, and you get a nice pitina over time.
     
  10. xtrajack

    xtrajack Loaded Pockets

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    I am way too un(der)educated to participate in this thread. I have carried my Buck 110 for better than 20 years and I don't even know what steel it is, but it is sharp.
     
  11. Crco

    Crco Loaded Pockets

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    01 for bushcraft knives ...

    S30V for folders ...
     
  12. Rawls

    Rawls Loaded Pockets

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    Love zdp-189, amazing steel.
     
  13. nw1911guy

    nw1911guy Loaded Pockets

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    Didn't expect any votes for O1, just simply because of all the other steels available these days.
     
  14. Crco

    Crco Loaded Pockets

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    Most of the higher-end boutique and custom knifemakers who specifically make bushcraft knives .... only use O1. Check out the various bushcraft forums in the vendor and edged-tool sub-forums for more info ...
     
  15. nw1911guy

    nw1911guy Loaded Pockets

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    It doesn't surprise me in the least from a functionality standpoint. Admittedly I don't tend to gravitate towards the bushcraft end of things.
     
  16. darknyght00

    darknyght00 Loaded Pockets

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    Nobody likes H1? Did I screw up my first Spyderco purchase?
     
  17. Proforguns

    Proforguns Loaded Pockets

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    I'm slowly upgrading my blades but right now my VG-10 is my best blade.
     
  18. Goju

    Goju Loaded Pockets

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    My "other" vote is for M4!
     
  19. ace19636

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    My other vote is for VG-10 it dose everything I ask of it. Both the knifes I carry and my kitchen knives are made of VG-10.
     
  20. Dougster

    Dougster Loaded Pockets

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    Horses for courses.

    I use 01 in knives which are specifically for cutting wood and leather - they are very very easy to sharpen.

    My EDC (UKPK) is S30V but I would love it to be 90V.

    My deer knife is RWL-34 and I love the Fallkniven F1 in VG10 which takes and holds a good edge I can use on meat and fish really well.

    If I only had 1? Full flat 30V or RWL34.