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What is OU-31 steel?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Ad, Apr 14, 2002.

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    752
    Mar 9, 2000
    I just purchased from Triple Aught Design a double ground tanto made by Tomoyuki Nemoto. The knife is made of OU-31 steel, which is a steel that I had never heard of before. I am told that it is similar to D-2.

    Does anyone have any information on OU-31 and/or Tomoyuki Nemoto? Is OU-31 made by one manufacturer, in the same vein that S30V is made by Crucible? What are its properties? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. Ferret

    Ferret

    Jan 20, 2000
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    752
    Mar 9, 2000
    All right!!! Micro! Fine! Steel! Sounds like I bought Excaliber;) :D .

    Seriously, though, thanks for the link. I've had a hard time locating any info on either this maker or this steel. Thank you.:)
     
  4. Ferret

    Ferret

    Jan 20, 2000
    It might even be rosta frei :D!!
     
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    752
    Mar 9, 2000
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  6. Keith Montgomery

    Keith Montgomery

    May 9, 2000
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    752
    Mar 9, 2000
    Thanks.
     
  8. Jeff Hall

    Jeff Hall

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    Sep 27, 2001
    Posted essentially the same info on the "other" forum. It is a Japanese steel with .9 Carbon, 8.5 Cr, 2 Mo. Also has a sprinkle of Vanadium and a dash of (3%) Cobalt.
     
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    752
    Mar 9, 2000
    Do you have any idea how this steel would be different from D-2, performance-wise?

    I bought the MKW-01, which is made with OU-31 steel. It was the only model offered in this steel. The rest of the models came in D-2. I imagine Mr. Nemoto has his reasons for this, and I suspect they may not be purely financial. But maybe I'm wrong on this point.

    Thanks again for your help. :)
     
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