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 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

Peter Stec

Hey Knife Up gang!  I'm Pete and I'm just a small man in a small rural town who loves the outdoors as much as the other million internet users that cruise sites like Knifeup.com every day.  The difference is that I like to share what I know, and research what I don't totally know, so that YOU can have all the info you need to feel confident and prepared for all things outdoors related! And, for those who care, I have 42 years of wilderness canoeing and bushcraft experience in Northern Ontario and spend most of my Summers covered in mosquitos and fish slime, but hey, it's a lifestyle choice eh?
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