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Fenix E18R Rechargeable LED Flashlight

Whoever said big things come in small packages just might have been referencing the new E18R by Fenix. This pint-sized wonder was released in October 2018 and we’ve put it through its paces.  The Fenix E18R Rechargeable LED flashlight features wireless charging, powerful lumens, built-in intelligence and it weighs less than a Zippo.  But does it have what it takes …

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440C Knife Steel Overview

Stainless Steel vs. High Carbon Steel here are two broad categories of steel: stainless and high-carbon. Stainless steel resists rust very well but it can dull easily. High-Carbon steel keeps an edge really well but it rusts easily.  Another comparison would be that stainless would have a tendency for sharp edges to curl, bend or warp under pressure, while high-carbon …

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154CM Steel Guide

What is 154CM Steel? ith dozens of excellent steels being manufactured worldwide for use in cutlery, the question of what is the “best” steel for a knife is really not a fair question or a question that should be asked.  The question to ask is more like “which steel is best for what purpose and price point?”  For our purposes, …

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CPM 154 Knife Steel Overview

Introduction 154CM stainless steel has long been a sought-after metal for knife makers. The addition of molybdenum over 440C steel gave 154CM far superior edge holding, while still maintaining the same corrosion resistance. 154CM and its twin, ATS-34, were not without their own drawbacks, however. Knifemaker John Barlow earlier this year sat down with Blade Magazine and explained why he …

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CPM-3V Knife Steel Overview

Overview Perfect knife steels are like opinions… You were expecting a joke, right? Well, the fact is, there is no “perfect” knife steel. It all depends on what your intended use for the knife will be, where you expect to use the knife, and the conditions in which it will be used. Many throw around the term “perfect,” and CPM-3V …

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How Good is CPM S35VN Knife Steel?

CPM S35VN Steel  Introduction When I research knife steels for KnifeUp Magazine, I always make it a deep dive and I look at no less than two dozen websites, articles, and product pages. One interesting thing that I’ve found while doing this research is the back and forth conversations that I see on some of the forums. It’s fun to …

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How Good is CPM 20CV Knife Steel?

CPM 20CV Steel Introduction CPM 20CV Steel is Crucible’s answer to Bohler’s M390 stainless steel. It also helped Carpenter to create CTS-204P, which is also quite similar. These facts alone should tell you something. CPM stands for, “Crucible Particle Metallurgy” and is one of the single most coveted stainless “super steels” for knife enthusiasts in the world at this moment …

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M390 Knife Steel Overview

Bohler M390 Steel Introduction Bohler M390 stainless steel is one of the recent wave of “super steels” heralded by knife makers all over the world. It has characteristics of high hardness and excellent corrosion resistance. This means you’re going to get a very fine edge that retains it sharpness even through hard use, with little to no patina. Introduced and …

What is L6 Steel?

While steel might look all the same to the untrained eye, there are a number of significant differences between the various types of steel used to make tough implements. How they are used in knives, swords and other tools will greatly impact the tool’s performance and reliability. For companies that want to create long-lasting blades that will get the job done …