Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by TheHim2, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. TheHim2


    Apr 15, 2014
    schrades 9cr18mov steel. whats with that? is it good? bad?
  2. Rich S

    Rich S

    Sep 23, 2005
    I think it's quite good. 0.95-1.2 Carbon, HRC of 58-60. I have three
    Schrades made with it and they take a wicked edge and hold it.
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  3. Parasight


    Nov 26, 2013
    It's a decent chinese steel. Without really knowing any details, I'd say it's roughly on par with AUS-8 and 440C.
    It takes a nice edge, hold it for a moderate amount of time, and its easy to sharpen.
  4. TheHim2


    Apr 15, 2014
  5. TheHim2


    Apr 15, 2014
    Thank you
  6. Maddogg774


    Sep 19, 2011
    It is very similar in performance in my experience to S30v, 154cm, 440c, Vg10 and N690. I have flipper in each of the six steels, all about the same use and all perform very close. s30v has better edge retention. I'd rank them:
    1. S30v
    2. N690
    3. 154cm
    In use there is not a broad gap between the performance between any of these and all are excellent. HT and edge geometry account for a lot.
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  7. TheHim2


    Apr 15, 2014
    let me guess, its better than 440c because on the sharpening problem right?
  8. C_Becker


    Oct 7, 2012
    What sharpening problem ?
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  9. TheHim2


    Apr 15, 2014
    people say its hard to sharpen. i dont have a 440c blade only AUS-8A and 8cr13mov but thats what i saw.
  10. Maddogg774


    Sep 19, 2011
    It's marginally better at both ease of sharpening and edge retention. 440c is tougher.
  11. dingy


    Feb 19, 2008
    918 steel is more tougher than S30V , very easy to sharpen.
  12. TheHim2


    Apr 15, 2014
    never heard of it. you have a blade that uses that steel?


    Feb 2, 2014
    I believe he is refering to 9cr18mov.
  14. Xytras


    Nov 5, 2013
    I have 2 CRKT Dragon's in that steel, have to say that i never use them, so i can't tell how it holds up.
  15. painkilleraz


    Jul 5, 2014
    Old thread I know, but I really do love this steel- my Dragons are amazing- ran one in to the dirt, not a basic user-more like a fighting knife, but solid nonetheless. ..
  16. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    I have had a blade in that steel. It's a Chinese alloy. In composition it is pretty similar to 440C and is sometimes called "440C" in knife product literature. Performance will, of course be dependent on the heat treat.

    It's no harder to sharpen than 440C. A Washita stone won't get you far. Like all alloys with carbides, it requires the use of aluminum oxide, diamond, siliconor similar harder media.
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  17. longbow

    longbow Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 1999
    I like it.(period) I have bought several of the COAST FX350 folders and given them as gifts to other fella's in the marina we stay at in the summer. A couple are knife-O-files but most not. All of the guys like the knives and the steel. I have said it several times the FX350 to me might be the best bargain out there for a good, all around use folder for not alot of money. Well made, very good materials, good blade steel and good ergonomics. 24 bucks with free shipping. You can't beat it. keepem sharp
  18. Etna


    Jun 17, 2015
    Schrade seems to be moving away from this steel to the slightly softer 8Cr13Mov and Krupp 4936 steels.
  19. mete


    Jun 10, 2003
    Knarfeng, that's the problem ! Chinese steel called "440C" .You never know with them ! Cold Steel master hunter originals had great AUS-8. Later ones had Chinese steel "called AUS-8" but was not . That's when the complaints started !! They have a long way to go and until then I'll stay away from Chinese steels !
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  20. bghorn


    May 18, 2015
    They have at least 5 standards very close to 440C and usually cutlery manufactures are marketing those as 440C. This is not specific to China though, because many other national and propriety standards have equivalents (or very close) of 440C and mostly all also marketed as 440C.

    As opposed to 440C, Chinese 8Cr15MoV standard is identical to AUS-8. Given the equal heat treat, there should be no difference.

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