Title says it all, what is the consensus on elmax vs the more commonly used stainless steels like s30v, s90v, 154cm, vg10, etc ?
Is elmax a "super steel"?
I haven't come across much discussion or product using this steel.
ELMAX is ranked right were it should be for a factory blade at 60 HRC.
You have to look at the steels that ranked higher than ELMAX and the HRC's.
Once we get into those we are talking about very high alloy content and or very high percentages of vanadium for the most part.
Last edited by Ankerson; 03-08-2011 at 05:35 PM.
I don't think Andrew Demko would use a chippy steel in a hard use knife, and toughness is said to be the same as S30V according to the datasheet.
While the results are interesting, I think Elmax still deserves considerable respect as a steel with production heat treatment that matches the performance of a custom heat treated steel. I'd be eager to see some more knives produced in that steel, but with a custom(and more expensive and time consuming) heat treatment.
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