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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. Haffner

    Haffner Loaded Pockets

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    BÖHLER M390 MICROCLEAN hardned to 61.
    ZDP 189 comes 2.
     
  2. AK Adventurer

    AK Adventurer Ice, Ice, Tigre

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    In this order;
    O1, preferably with my own heat treat.
    1095, again, preferably my own heat treating.
    O1 in general
    1095 in general
    Case CV
    ATS 34(NOT 154CM Though)
    Case True Sharp SS(Either a better alloy than regular 440, or their heat treat is just fabulous on plain 440, either way it tops all other production SS I've used)

    After that, it doesn't really matter, its all about the same from there on down.

    G.
     
  3. stax
    • In Omnia Paratus

    stax Loaded Pockets

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    I like H1, but only for serrated blades. Otherwise, I'm partial to VG-10. That might change after I get around to buying a ZDP 189 knife.
     
  4. darknyght00

    darknyght00 Loaded Pockets

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    Had it for a couple days now. Mostly just been hangin' out in the pocket but it feels and looks fantastic. I can confidently say that I am hooked (I really want a P'kal to play with now).
     
  5. mikey

    mikey Banned

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    Not sure if this has been discussed or beat to death but how does the ZDP-189 compare to S30V steel?

    If there is already a thread on this....I aplologize!
     
  6. MWDP

    MWDP Banned

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    I would not even bother trying ZDP-189, on the Rockwell scale it goes up to 64, which is way above any other steel used in cutlery today. It may hold an edge for a very long time, but good luck and may God help you when you try to sharpen it. Oh yeah, I voted for S30V because there was no VG-10, which is definitely my favorite steel. It takes a wicked edge in less than 10 minutes and after some stropping I can get all my VG-10 knives to shave hair with no problem. S30V not that easily...
     
  7. Rawls

    Rawls Loaded Pockets

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    Zdp 189 is a pain in the *** to sharpen but if you touch it up every now and then it stays sharp for a long time. I am careful not to let it dull. The other benefit of super hard steel is that you can use a much steeper angle on the cutting edge without fear of chipping or a rolled edge.

    ZDP-189 is significantly harder than s30v. It is not as easy to sharpen. I like s30v a lot, but I had a choice I would take ZDP-189 every time. The hardness difference is noticeable in regular use.