Sandvik 14c28n Steel Review

The Sandvik 14c28n steel is ideal for the manufacturing of knife blades This Steel grade allows for the highest attainable hardness without the compromising of micro-structure integrity. This steel is often used in high-end knives by top-shelf manufacturers. It is also a good choice for custom knife makers.

Stedemon Folding Pocket Outdoor knife

Sandvik 12c28n Properties

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The Kershaw Blur is a great 14C28N knife. Click on photo to see a larger version.

With Sandvik 14c28n, re-edging along with edge retention is maintained with ease. Resistance to microchipping, rolling or folding of the edge is better than decent. A 55-62 HRC hardness recommendation makes this a Knife Steel that is ideal for a number of blade applications, such as Folding Knives or Pocket Knives. A high corrosion resistance lends to a particular appeal in moisture intense applications such as a Chef would encounter. With a 55-62 hardness recommendation, any application where sharpness retention is an issue would appreciate this steels property. Sandvik 14C28N is fine-blankable which will translate into a smooth production process.

Real World Performance

Here is what was found out about Sandvik 14c28n when used in real-world scenarios. The steel was used in a fixed blade knife design. First, after spiral cutting through 10 heavy cardboard postal mailing tubes, it would still shave the hair off an arm. After going through 20 tubes it would no longer shave hair but would still slice through paper with relative ease. After 34 cardboard tubes, the tubes would start to tear instead of slice and it no longer cleanly sliced the paper. When you consider that all these tubes were 2-1/2 feet in length, this is pretty good edge retention.

Emergencies and tactical use are what the Blur Glassbreaker does best. It’s most common use is on fishing/hunting/camping outings.

Bell Rod Testing

A “Brass Rod Test” was also performed on this steel and the flexibility is very impressive, there was no evidence of chipping or deformation of the edge. The point was tested by repeatedly stabbing through a number of tin cans, then by hammering it through stainless steel sheeting of 0.5mm density. Although the point was somewhat blunted, it didn’t chip or roll. The durability of the steel was evident after it was repeatedly thrown into seasoned wood planking for over ten minutes, this was done after having been hammered through the 0.5mm thick metal sheeting mentioned above.

Finally, this knife manufactured with Sandvik 14c28n steel was placed in a pail of salt water for close to 4 days after which no apparent corrosion was discernible. This Steel is very receptive to sharpening and to holding an edge with use. It is strong yet flexible and will perform admirably in multiple applications.


Sandvik 14c28n steel is a great material to make a knife from. If you are considering buying a knife made of Sandvik 14c28n, do it! I can not recommend this steel any higher.

If you enjoyed this article, check out our guide to machetes. You should not use 14c28n for machetes but everyone knows that machetes are cool. Three pink pocket knives that your wife will love.

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 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?
Peter Stec


  1. I just purchased my first 14c28n blade and anxious to see how it holds up to my everyday life of blade use! I currently own a Buck Vantage Pro with the S30V steel and it is awesome compared to my old 8Cr13MoV blades. Using them everyday to cut wire, paper, rope, and everything else, I’ve gotten very good at sharpening blades freehand. When i first used my new S30V blade I just knew it was on it’s way to being dull at the end of the day. But I soon found out it was holding a razor edge way longer than any knife I’ve ever used! When it finally gets to dull to shave I also found out it’s much harder to sharpen than any of my other knives. I run a 17 degree angle on my edges out of habit which makes it easier for me to sharpen time after time. Im ready to see how the 14c28n works out.

    1. Yeah ,you’re gonna want to strop those higher end steels to keep them sharp after daily use. If maintained regularly you shouldnt have to sharpen them alot.

  2. No offense, but this review doesn’t tell me much. How does this steel compare to 154CM, VG10, S30V, 13C26, 440C, etc.? Without a comparison to other commonly used knife steels, all we have is a bit of information but no idea where it fits.

    1. I agree, this take my word for it I’m an expert on knife blades does not help me either. No offense intended, you probably have forgotten more than I will ever know about these things I need more to make a buying decision on a knife when the one I have seems fine.

  3. How does Sandvik 14C28N compare with S30V? My favorite older Kershaw is S30V and it sharpens easily for me and stays sharp using the Syyderco sharpening triangle sticks. That is truly the extent of my knife knowledge except I’ve been carrying a knife every day since I was a kid in NYC starting about 1939 and I use one at least ten times a day for any task you can think of.

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