52100 compared to 5160

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I own knives in both steels, but have not used the 52100 too much yet.

I know both are very tough, but was just curious if some of you out there could give me an idea on the differences in performance between the two.

1. Corrosion resistance- is one more corrosion resistant than the other
2. Toughness- is one tougher than the other
3. Edgeholding- does one have the advantage over the other

Thanks
 
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Great link Samhain. Appreciate it. That explains a lot. Any idea which one has more chromium, for better corrosion resistance.

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Larrin

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52100 has more chromium, but neither is corrosion resistant to any significant degree.
 
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Thanks, I just wanted to know because I have a satin finished 5160 custom from Justin Gingrich and that has been used pretty well, and it has not been difficult to maintain with a little care. Just wanted to know if I would have to take better care of a satin 52100 knife. Thanks for the info.
 
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Both are some of the best steels to be had. 5160 is one of the most tough and durrable steels on the planet. Truck springs are made of 5160 for the most part. 52100 is also good stuff. You will probibly never be able to tell the difference unless you are Superman!
 
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