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WestMark 703 any info?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by lobo9er, Jan 7, 2013.

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  1. lobo9er

    lobo9er Member

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    WestMark 703 any info? Anyone know what kind of steel? Someone told me stainless but no idea what type. Anyone use or handle one?

    thanks in advance.
     
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    Hmm, I used to have one of those back in the mid-1980's. Was told it was made of D2, but rather doubt that it was, since it was far too stain-resistant. I'm guessing it was more likely 440A or 440B. A quick search on Google doesn't turn up any steel descriptions. It was a great knife; the large pommel made it easy to do light chopping with. Wish I still had it.
     
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    I was digging I am finding it looks like it was 440A. was 440A "new" when that knife came out? Or have we all gotten to be steel snobs lol
    I want to buy one but for what they are going for when you do find one Its tough thinking of spending some what big coin on 440A unless of course it is purely for collecting and not using. And I would want to use it Deer hunting looks like a great deer knife design.
     
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    440A was in wide use back then, still is. I think Buck uses it for their knives, and I think even Randall uses it for their stainless knives. Perfectly acceptable stainless steel.
     
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    440c would be better though, so I'm told..... Yeah I'm sure 440a is fine, especially with proper heat treat. how often did you use yours? how did the edge hold up?
     
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    Western used a high carbon "stainless" for those, but 440 A would not be a HC stainless.

    It is possible that Western used the equivalent to 420HC or 440B.

    Randall used 440 B not A.
     
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    So in short its decent steel your saying? this is the first I have heard 440b being used, for any knife. In conversation its either 440c or its not marked "c" than its presumably 440a. whats the scoop with 440B?
     
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