that being said my CPM-154 blur is now my "kitchen knife" as the hollow grind works wonders in there and my 560 is my go to blade with a swamp rat RMD for anything too big for it
I was talking to a custom maker that made it sound like this was a big problem. Maybe the factory was using worn out belts, or maybe it was a novice sharpener - but somehow a lot of edges come out "burnt." That could definitely be what you were experiencing.
Could have been burnt... Could have been a novice sharpener that didn't get it quite right. I didn't have to do MUCH, once I moved to the brown stones (ceramic). I'd be more inclined to believe it was a novice sharpener, and not totally burnt. I've had one burned, brittle edge before, in carbon steel, and this was different. More like it just needed a good touchup. Which was disappointing me with the steel, until now that it seems that it is holding my edge better.
[ETA] thanks for your patience in the discussion. I never set out to "dis" ELMAX... Just wasn't seeing the stellar performance... Before. Now, I'm hoping I am starting to...
Well, and I've been around far too long to become a hysterical steel fanboy, by which I mean that it wouldn't bother me at all if you HAD decided to dis ELMAX. Choirs of angels don't start singing when I use it, and the highest compliment I've paid it is that it is a high-chromium steel that behaves more like old, boring, low-chromium steels that have been out for years than many others of its ilk. I wasn't seeking to argue with you, just contribute my own experiences to the discussion. For general use, my favorite steel of all time is still W2. ...and no, choirs don't sing when I use it either.
Yeah, I'll take W2 over pretty much any stainless unless it's my Phil Wilson S110V at rc 63.5 .
Elmax impressed me for the grain structure and cleanness it showed. It gave/gives me some really nice edges. While trying it out for the first time I took it up to 8, to 9k with varying diamond strops. I found no inclusions, voids or any problems within the steel itself. It took a great high sharpness edge and kept it for a while. It has good edge stability for a steel in it's category.
It's not my favorite steel in the world. Heck, I don't have a favorite. I can see why people do like it. I have it in a mule, and 3 different Kershaws ( sold a 4th) and it seems pretty consistent so far. Judging by the formula and numbers put out by the foundry I would like to try it up around full hardness . It should do fine in a EDC type folder .
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