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What is AUS-8A Steel?

f you are shopping for a new knife, you will see that there are tons and tons of steel types on the market. What makes one type of steel better than the other? What is AUS-8a steel and how does it differ from other steels in the market? This post will cover these questions.

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KABAR Becker BK2 Review

As one of the most versatile and popular knives in the market, the KABAR BK2 holds true to its reputation. With the KABAR name attached to it, one will know very well that it can be up to par with its legendary brother, the 1219c. In case you are planning to get one, check out the brief KABAR BK2 review …

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Knife Steel Overview

New kinds of steel are being forged and created virtually every day and it’s tough to keep track of them.  Here is just a brief overview of some of the common steels used for knife-making over the past few years (like 2010-2020) … ish!  We have lots of articles on knifeup.com that break down the qualities of these various steels …

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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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CRKT Ultima Review

Currently, the Ultima is out of stock at Amazon and BladeHQ, but they both have plenty of CRKT tactical knives.  If you’d like to read more about the Ultima (maybe you have one or are thinking of getting one second hand?), we have the info on this page.  Enjoy! However, in our attempt to help you maximize the efficiency of …

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What is SG2 Steel?

The Powder Metallurgy (PM) SG2 steel is also known as SGPS. It is manufactured by a Japanese steel manufacturer that is well known for the steels they make. The SG2 is high carbon content and a high alloy stainless steel. Powder metallurgy improves the alloy significantly. Regardless of the few comments to the contrary, one of the absolutely finest kitchen …

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What is a Balisong?

“I’ve been Hearing a lot about these knives, balisongs, but what the heck are they?!”  I’m sure at one point or another we have all asked this question.  This should help answer some of the most common questions surrounding balisongs.    Balisongs A balisong is a pocket knife that has two handles that both rotate in such a way that …

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154CM Steel Guide

What is 154CM Steel? With 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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What is Open Carry for Knives?

he term “open carry” is commonly heard when talking about the civilian use of weaponry.  We all know that this obviously means to carry a weapon openly.   So what are the gritty details and from where does this term originate.   I hope to answer the common questions surrounding open carry and make it just a little easier to …