POLL: Your favorite folder blade steel


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the count
July 11, 2013, 10:34 PM
Thought this might be an interesting poll. Let us know your favorite blade steel for your folding knife(s) whatever the reason may be. I chose several popular steels. Sorry if I did not include your favorite one then just select the best choice. Guess I cast the first vote, it goes to VG10. For me the best combo of rust resistance, sharpness, ease of sharpening and edge retention. Those ultra hard knives like S30V are just a pain to sharpen, and yes, they will dull.

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JShirley
July 11, 2013, 10:53 PM
I like VG-10.

But then, I like S30V just fine, too. :)

John

Yo Mama
July 11, 2013, 10:53 PM
Wow! I was number 3 to vote, but all of us chose VG10! It's a great steel value priced, and for most people will last forever.

Sam Cade
July 11, 2013, 11:04 PM
Of the listed choices I'd go VG-10.

Piraticalbob
July 12, 2013, 12:55 AM
I like old-fashioned carbon steels, myself. 1095 or similar.

Valkman
July 12, 2013, 02:16 AM
I'll take 154CM.

olderguns
July 12, 2013, 07:58 AM
I love VG-10
Also really like The rust resistant steel used in the spyderco Salt series of knifes.

Bartholomew Roberts
July 12, 2013, 09:07 AM
Well, the only one of those I own is 154CM - which appears to be Excalibur-like compared to my collection of various unnamed Chinese steels, Sandivik, 440C, and Pakistani Buck 110 copies.

I've read such good things about ZT's Elmax steel in the Hinderer designs that I'm kind of interested in trying that out; but realistically, even the cheap steels do pretty well for me.

herrwalther
July 12, 2013, 06:57 PM
I am almost D2 steel exclusive for all my serious knife metals. But I have dabbled in 4043 steel for my "beat them up then toss" knives.

jeepnik
July 12, 2013, 08:37 PM
I'm semi old school. I have one of Buck's Titanium Folding Hunters. It replaced the original Folding Hunter I carried for years when I decided to retire it. Too much sentimental value, didn't want to loose it.

gak
July 13, 2013, 02:36 AM
The s90v in my wife's Manix2 is the best cutter I've ever used in a folder. Only CPM-10v in a fixed blade I have cuts with similar aplomb.

the count
July 13, 2013, 02:31 PM
Hmmm, 20 votes so far and only one for AUS8? Somewhat surprising because thats a very common knife steel and not even a really bad one....

ugaarguy
July 13, 2013, 03:04 PM
I voted S30V, but I like VG-10 quite a bit too.

BLB68
July 14, 2013, 07:00 AM
I can't believe 420J didn't make the list. :D

DNS
July 14, 2013, 06:12 PM
1095.

And whatever carbon steel Opinel uses.

Zeke/PA
July 15, 2013, 01:31 PM
After over 50 years of making tools/dies/ jigs/ fixtures, I must STILL go with the time honored D-2 for a knife blade. The steel has never let me down especially when it came to punching/slitting/cutting paper, traditionally a nightmare when designing/building/ using dies/ punches/ cutters.

REDMASTA
July 15, 2013, 10:25 PM
I'll take 154CM.

This. I have 154cm on my EDC Benchmade and its great.

JimStC
July 18, 2013, 04:32 PM
S35VN. I have two folders with this steel.

Jim

Zeke/PA
July 18, 2013, 05:36 PM
This. I have 154cm on my EDC Benchmade and its great.
I did some experimental work for a company a few years back on knife steels including 154 CM.
My favorite D-2 was "right up there" as far as edge holding ability etc. The company decided to go with 154 CM in their blades however as the better corrossion resistence of 154 CM prevailed. Is 154 CM still produced in the US ? Is the steel's Japanese counterpart ATS 34 whats available ?

REDMASTA
July 19, 2013, 04:56 AM
I did some experimental work for a company a few years back on knife steels including 154 CM.
My favorite D-2 was "right up there" as far as edge holding ability etc. The company decided to go with 154 CM in their blades however as the better corrossion resistence of 154 CM prevailed. Is 154 CM still produced in the US ? Is the steel's Japanese counterpart ATS 34 whats available ?

I think Benchmade's 154cm is an american made steel from Crucible but I could be wrong.

PabloJ
July 19, 2013, 06:58 AM
I have had small G. Sakai folder for over a decade. It does not rust and holds edge very well. I do not know or care what grade steel was used in it's construction.

Mp7
July 19, 2013, 07:23 AM
12C27 Sandvik.


EKA folder.

351 WINCHESTER
July 19, 2013, 12:09 PM
I'm partial to the carbon steel that the old timer knives that used to be made in America. They were easy to sharpen and held a pretty good edge.

Okiegunner
July 19, 2013, 01:33 PM
I have several knives with many different steels.

Elmax, 154CM, D2, CTS-XHP, S30V, 440C, etc...

I really like VG-10. I was surprised that so many others preferred VG-10

It seems to be just a really, really good all around steel.

sidheshooter
July 19, 2013, 02:51 PM
No love for ATS-34? Or is it lumped in under VG-10/similar?

Valkman
July 19, 2013, 05:10 PM
No love for ATS-34?

It is the same as 154CM, just the Japanese version of it.

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