Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Jeff White, Aug 30, 2021.
Just wondering if there is any advantage or if it's just a gimmick.
Mad Science forge (and Sam's brother) make the only blades in Ti alloys that perform close to steel.
Mission has made Beta 6Al4V Ti blades for decades and they don't cut like steel, but they were for a very specific environment.
Which of their knives used Ti for the blade?
However, another method of getting a useable titanium knife is to make a chisel-ground knife with the flat bevel edge carbided. That provides an extremely toothy edge that is excellent for cutting fibrous material like rope or meat. You can then sharpen it by sharpening the titanium side to expose fresh carbides on the flat bevel.
Those knives are still not really for heavy use, though.
I carried them around my neck in uniform. A rather hot and damp climate for several months of the year in Texas.
They would “cut”. But, they were extremely lightweight little stickers that were easy to carry.
The one with sharper grind lines is actually fairly sharp.
If you're looking for corrosion resistance, 440A or AEB-L would be better choices for real usable knives, and fairly inexpensive, for knife steels.
What of them?
Excellent...expensive, but excellent. David Boye's dendritic cobalt, Kit Carson's stellite, Rob Simonich's tallonite, and now Terrain 365 is making dendritic cobalt knives. Kit and Rob are sadly gone. There are a few custom makers like Tom Mayo working with it beyond David and Terrain, but it isn't a fun material to grind.
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