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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. Sandvik 14c28n Properties With Sandvik 14c28n, re-edging along with edge retention is …

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N690 Steel Properties

The N690 Cobalt Stainless Steel is made in Austria by a company known for making steel that can be made into sharp knives and surgical instruments. This steel is very similar to 440C steel, and it has 1.07% carbon content. N440C steel has a carbon content ranging from .95 – 1.07 percent. The N690 is a high-end stainless steel with …

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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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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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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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420HC Steel Overview

420HC Steel holds a higher carbon production rate than some stainless steels. The content is softer than the higher number steel count 440, yet it’s more rugged than other similar products. This steel material has a greater carbon base and is mixed to a harder finish than 420 stainless steels, but under normal processes, falls around 55 HRC.  Given the …

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Cru-Wear Steel : What is it?

 Introduction In the world of knife steel, there is a multitude of opinions on just about every aspect of each metal. Some claim one is easier to sharpen in the field, another says one keeps an edge better, while another swears by the toughness. For everyone to agree on one certain steel is very rare, even more so when talking …

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How Good is CPM S90V Knife Steel?

Introduction Crucible Industries CPM S90V is tough stuff. This steel is well known for for its wear-resistance.  According to Crucible, S90V is used in plastic feedscrews, valve components, nozzles, slitters, cutters, gear pumps, pelletizing equipment, bearings, and other hard use parts. In the knifemaking world, S90V is legendary for its near perfect edge-retention. It is close to impossible to dull …