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POLL: Your favorite folder blade steel

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by the count, Jul 11, 2013.

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Your favorite blade steel for folding knives

Poll closed Aug 10, 2013.
  1. AUS8 OR SIMILAR

    4 vote(s)
    7.1%
  2. VG10 OR SIMILAR

    13 vote(s)
    23.2%
  3. 8CR13MOV OR SIMILAR

    5 vote(s)
    8.9%
  4. 154CM OR SIMILAR

    12 vote(s)
    21.4%
  5. S30V OR SIMILAR

    11 vote(s)
    19.6%
  6. OTHER

    11 vote(s)
    19.6%
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  1. the count

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    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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  2. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

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    I like VG-10.

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

    John
     
  3. Yo Mama

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    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.
     
  4. Sam Cade

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    Of the listed choices I'd go VG-10.
     
  5. Piraticalbob

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    I like old-fashioned carbon steels, myself. 1095 or similar.
     
  6. Valkman

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    I'll take 154CM.
     
  7. olderguns

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    I love VG-10
    Also really like The rust resistant steel used in the spyderco Salt series of knifes.
     
  8. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

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    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.
     
  9. herrwalther

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    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.
     
  10. jeepnik

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    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.
     
  11. gak

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    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.
     
  12. the count

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    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....
     
  13. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    I voted S30V, but I like VG-10 quite a bit too.
     
  14. BLB68

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    I can't believe 420J didn't make the list. :D
     
  15. DNS

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    1095.

    And whatever carbon steel Opinel uses.
     
  16. Zeke/PA

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    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.
     
  17. REDMASTA

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

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    S35VN. I have two folders with this steel.

    Jim
     
  19. Zeke/PA

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    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 ?
     
  20. REDMASTA

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

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    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.
     
  22. Mp7

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    12C27 Sandvik.


    EKA folder.
     
  23. 351 WINCHESTER

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    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.
     
  24. Okiegunner

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    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.
     
  25. sidheshooter

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    No love for ATS-34? Or is it lumped in under VG-10/similar?
     
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