Knife Steel Overview

Jeffrey
October 30, 2019

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 used in knife-making.  Be sure to search for whatever steel you’re curious about and we’ll give you the lowdown and recommend an excellent knife with that steel!

 

Online Graphing

  • = 420
  • = 420HC
  • = 440A
  • = 8Cr13MoV
  • = AUS-8
  • = 154-CM
  • = 440C
  • H = VG-10
  • I = ATS-34
  • J = CPM S90V
  • K = CPM S35VN
  • L = CPM 20CV
  • M = CTX-XHP
  • N = ELMAX
  • O = CPM 110V
  • P = 14C28N
  • Q = M390
  • R = N680
  • S = CPM S30V
  • T = H1
  • U = 13C26
  • V = D2
  • W = CPM M4
  • X = CTS-BD1
  • Y = ZDP-189
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