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Hardest steel available today?? (highest HRC)

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by troller, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. troller

    troller

    45
    Jun 15, 2010
    Title says it all... I'd like to know what is the hardest steel available today for knives (i mean, the one with highest HRC), and which knives use it.

    My limited knowledge about steels suggests me the Fallkniven 3G steel @ 62 HRC.

    Anything tougher?
    Damascus steels?

    thanks!
     
  2. amue

    amue

    79
    May 31, 2010
    ZDP-189 is a very hard steel, sometimes up to 67HRC.
     
  3. SteelSnob

    SteelSnob

    Sep 7, 2009
    Probably ZDP at 67HRC from William Henry and IIRC Rockstead has pretty high HRC on their's too.
     
  4. Mossyhorn

    Mossyhorn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2009
  5. Vicarious Reality

    Vicarious Reality

    Apr 9, 2008
    Diamond is the hardest metal known the man.
     
  6. manowar669

    manowar669

    Oct 1, 2002
    Are you high?
     
  7. Dagon

    Dagon

    Nov 12, 2007
    The french company "Evercut" has made a special alloy (featuring titanium carbide) using unorthodox methods that is said to be 300 times harder than any steel out there, and even harder than "normal" ceramic blades. They produce a quality kitchen knife with it.
    I read an article & test about it in the french knife magazine "Excalibur" and it seems that the claims ring true, it's not hype. The edge holding is beyond belief.
    Like ceramic blades, the material is not suitable for chopping, only for cutting. It would be cool to see a company like Spyderco licensing it for use in a gentlemeny folder (which will only be used for cutting, not chopping).
    If you can read french, you may want to visit http://www.evercut.fr/
    It's seems they got an innovation award for it.
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2010
  8. philwar

    philwar

    Mar 27, 2009
    CPM M4 routinely gets hardened to 64 or even more - and this is its working hardness.
     
  9. Albin

    Albin

    383
    Aug 31, 2001
    What about that "liquid metal" stuff that was talked about so much here 4-5 years or so ago? Whatever happened to making knives out of that material?

    Al
     
  10. philwar

    philwar

    Mar 27, 2009
    It was all used up when they made Terminators out of it. :D
     
  11. Seals

    Seals

    Oct 12, 2007
    This is what the competition cutters are using so i would say if not the hardest,the most proficent.
     
  12. pwet

    pwet

    Feb 13, 2009
    vanadis 10 (bohler steel) can get as hard as ZDP. but with almost 10% vanadium. very few maker use this but the one i know said that it was very hard on the belts and so very expensive to produce.

    but i's not stainless.

    here is a comparison with S110V
     
  13. JTR357

    JTR357

    Sep 10, 2007
    ZDP-189 for the win!:thumbup:





    [edit] A word to the OP.You should consider changing your name if you want anyone to take you seriously.Unless you're a commercial fisherman.:p
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2010
  14. Apebrains

    Apebrains

    408
    Dec 15, 2009
    Just checking, are you aware that Hardness and Toughness are not the same thing? As hardness goes up, toughness proportionately goes down.

    Why would he be high? Diamond IS the hardest substance known to man.:confused:
     
  15. huugh

    huugh

    Jul 16, 2005
    Besides that, ultrahard fullerite and especially aggregated diamond nanorods are thought to be the hardest substances.
     
  16. zyhano

    zyhano

    Dec 3, 2009
    but not a metal. and actually, diamond is not the hardest known substance (check out nanotubes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_nanotube#Hardness)
     
  17. Itch Blade

    Itch Blade

    206
    Dec 27, 2009
    Serrated H1 is 68 HRC at the edge.
     
  18. Cotherion

    Cotherion

    Aug 7, 2007
    I think Boker have folders called Leo damascus something that has damascus blades made out of tank barrels (them pipes which the blinking huge bullets fly out of) at RC 67 or 68 I can't remember.

    I'm from Malaysia, we don't have many tanks, forgive my lack of knowledge regarding tank parts... :)
     
  19. JTR357

    JTR357

    Sep 10, 2007
    seriously?you got a link?:eek:
     
  20. GregS

    GregS

    May 6, 2008
    You're mistaken.
     

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