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Kershaw Offset G10 MIM 440C

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Gunz, May 20, 2009.

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  1. Gunz

    Gunz Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    The internet seraches say this Metal Injeciton MOlding 440C steel is used in automotive, cutlery, sporting goods, etc. It supposedly has a 20% shrink-back after molding, and the polymer binders are dissolved after heat treating.

    What confuses me is hte 440C designation. In straight 440 form, people have said that it is a decent, knife steel.

    So, how easy is the MIM 440C steel to sharpen, and hold an edge? I held a Kershaw Offset, and am intrigued by the blade shape, and the design. What makes me wonder is the high $200 price tag for the knife, and it is "just" a 440C steel? Is there something in particular about this knife, which earned Kershaw the Knife of the Year award, and its usage of MIM 440C?

    I always hear about people putting down MIM parts in the 1911s, but wonder why Ken Onion particularly chose MIM to make a knife blade. Clarifications would be appreciated.
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