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What is your favorite blade steel you own?

Discussion in 'Knives' started by Syclone, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. Freman

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    The 1.4110 stainless in my Swiss Army Knives.

    I still really like 440C, and 8Cr13Mov is growing on me. An unpretentious little steel that just does the job of cutting things. I have a D2 folder, and I like it, but I think I need to invest in some better sharpening stones, a drill stop, and an Angle Cube for grinding it. It's sharp, but it's not hair popping sharp.
     
  2. Flying Dutchman

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    The best steels I have experience with are S30V and 154CM, I like them both. I carry S30V more often than any other in my Charge TTi and BM 940 Osbourne.
     
  3. Rawls

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    zdp-189 or s35v
     
  4. Rocket2012

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    Usually I would say CPMS30V because thats what I have the most experience with. However at the moment I am really liking the 20CV in my 2011 socom a lot. With the factory angle and a polished edge it is lightsaber sharp
     
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  6. Invictus

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    so many high end steels...no love for SAK stainless steel? ^^ dirt cheap and so easily to sharpen. Oh and H1, that thing is razor sharp and I still have to see one rusting.
     
  7. Foster
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    I prefer 1095 or 01 for a fixed blade, D2 for a folder.
     
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    SB-1
    It's the steel on my custom knife and holds up incredibly well. It takes a fine, almost scary edge (with my poor sharpening skills) and holds it, even after chopping down a 2" tree. It's also tough as nails (prying -> no problem).
     
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  9. Goju

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    CPM M4 in my Benchmades by far....
     
  10. Ludwell01

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    I'm yet to find a steel I didn't like.

    Actually that's not true I once had (have?) a German-Eye sodbuster that I couldn't do jack with, difficult to sharpen and didn't hold a good edge.

    I do like N690Co for edge retention v's ease of sharpening.
     
  11. TonyL

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    I was a D2 fan, but, after discovering the Damasteel RWL34 (both in plain silver or damascus pattern), I was really hooked.
    Both good looks and a very good edge retention - remember this is a stainless steel (actualy becomes corrosion resistant after the heat treatment).
    I also like VG10, but with the note that it have to originate from Japan only.
     
  12. Jakala

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    I'm no steelfanatic, but im really happy with the laminated vg10 in my fallkniven:

    Tough as hell, but still easy to sharpen.

    tapatalked from holland
     
  13. MWDP

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    VG10, the best compromise between edge holding and ease of sharpening. S30V is excellent too. Victorinox steel is one of my favorites as well - holds an edge nicely and is very forgiving in case you screw up the edge badly :)
     
  14. J_C
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    I don't use a knive extensively enough to where I notice a significant difference in steels. I suppose the VG10 in my Delica is the best steel I own.
     
  15. outdoorsfan

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    S30V for stainless and O1 for carbon. Always liked the older CS Carbon V (which I think is 1095 and made by Camillus IIRC).

    SK5 isn't bad I have one knife in CPM440 that I like as well.
     
  16. Keyman

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    Top three
    M2
    M4
    M390
     
  17. jacobwilson99

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    CTS-204P
    S30V
    VG-10

    Haven't given Super Blue it's fair shot yet, but I will soon.
     
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    6k Stellite just cause I have one ;)

    for other knives I like 154cm in thin blades and s30v for heavier/thicker blades

    Edited to add, I only have one fallkniven but have used it on/off for 20yrs and it's decent as well

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  20. Blaklader Pockets

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    D2 and H1, far and away. CTS-XHP is nice too, but I have used it less. VG-10 comes in third.