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5160 - 440c - vg10 - mora stainless/carbon and opinel carbone/stainless -

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by painkilleraz, May 28, 2016.

  1. painkilleraz


    Jul 5, 2014
    I love my bush blades in 5160
    Folders in VG10
    And mixed it up in 440C
    Who doesnt own a mora or 20 and opinels, well come on!


    Dont get me wrong, I have numerous super steels, cpm s35v s30v etc etc - as well as my favorites in Japanese steels- blue...etc .,

    Anyhow, what are your favorites and why?
  2. SouthEast


    Oct 18, 2013
    I started off on knives by praising supersteels and such, but since 2 years ago I like "traditional" steels more than supersteels.

    i like 1095 or D2 on my fixed blades; they are easy to sharpen, holds their biting edge long enough... etc.
    I prefer S30V on my folders, as S30V behaves like D2 in my opinion, and a LOT of knives are made using S30V
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  3. blade dude

    blade dude

    Nov 8, 2015
    I like whatever Nicholson files are made from for my fixed blades. Folders I like vg10 or 154cm

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  4. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    I like 'em all (except 420J). Part of the fun of knife ownership is evaluating different steels, grinds, workmanship, etc.
  5. painkilleraz


    Jul 5, 2014
    I agree fully, another really fun steel is 8Cr13MoV, I prefer it too AuS8 honestly - its all about how they temper it and what you are using it for. My daily use Spyderco is a Endura 4 in Vg-10 or my personal favorite (replacing the original cqc7 benchmade/emerson designed) Paramilitary II in CPM-S35-VN

    (Very Naughty) i think the vn stands for, cause I just want to keep buying more of em lol

    I have spent quite a bit (several thousands) of money on stones, diamond hones and more...and I love edging my knives, factory is nice, but there is something incredibly relaxing about just watching a flick and making an edge shine. (Like cleaning firearms or reloading) anyhow, sharpening by hand with a good Japanese or Arkansas water stone can really show you what a steel is made of and how well the manufacturer did in tempering it.

    Have had well tempered 440hc knives outlast crucibles on occasion
  6. mec003


    Jan 1, 2015
    I love my endura in vg10. I think 440 is pretty hit or miss and I usually stay away. I prefer 1095 or O1 to 5160, but find any of them to be more than adequate on fixed blades.
  7. Shotgun


    Feb 3, 2006
    I'm digging 15n20 at the moment. It doesn't hurt that the svord peasant is a good design. ;)
  8. MattWRog

    MattWRog Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    S30V from Benchmade, Opinel 12C27, 52100 for carbon all day long.
  9. Larcivs Lepidvs

    Larcivs Lepidvs

    May 24, 2013
    too often the performance difference between traditional and high-end steels is not worth the price difference. I'm totally satisfied with "basic" steels when geometry and design are good.

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