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A Single Lifetime Steel. Whats Yours?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by wheelgunrambo, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. roosterscrow


    Oct 20, 2012
    my favorites that I have pocket time with are hap 40 and m4. It's hard to pick a favorite between the two.
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  2. Cryptyc

    Cryptyc Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Well I only used fixed blades right now and my favorites are m390 and lam 3g
  3. The_Iron_Joe

    The_Iron_Joe Knifemaker, Jeweller

    May 3, 2012
    Oh man. I know I'm probably in the minority here, but for me...

    D2. Or M4. I'd have a hard time choosing between those two.
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  4. Tommy-Chi


    May 25, 2017
    3V, M390, CPM 20CV, CTS XHP
  5. ShannonSteelLabs

    ShannonSteelLabs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 9, 2015
    I have one too love it use it ad my EDC. I resharpened it on a 600 grit DMT diafold( fine) then took it through all my compounds from bastardbeads and strops. (Black, white, green, red) then used his 1 micron and 0.5 micron diamond emulsion. Stuff gets insanely sharp and holds up great!! Seems to hold that edge for a long tine too. You will love the steel. I wipe it down with EDCi once a week, no rust.

    For my 2 steels u would say 3V for Fixed blades , and maybe Zfinit or vanax for folders.
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  6. Horsewright

    Horsewright KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 4, 2011
    For both, AEB-L with proper heat treat at 62-63RC. Easy.
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  7. GB940Rookie


    Apr 19, 2016
    M4 for folders. 1095 for fixed.
  8. chumaman


    Nov 13, 2012
    Only fixed...Elmax & M390..I'm still indecisive o_O
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  9. BTGuy

    BTGuy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    This feels like a tougher question than those "only one knife forever" threads. My favorite steel depends on the type of knife, which depends on the task. I don't think I'd ever want just one folder/fixed blade pair. :p

    Based on the steels I've used and of which I've used most often, probably Elmax for folder and Sleipner for fixed.
  10. matt009au


    Apr 23, 2009
    Took the words outta my mouth mate.
  11. wheelgunrambo

    wheelgunrambo Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 1, 2016
    From what I
    I also think m4 would be a great single steel.
  12. ares1488


    Dec 11, 2013
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  13. Lapedog

    Lapedog Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 7, 2016
    This guy stole my choices. M390 is such a great steel for smaller fixed blades and folding knives.

    3v is amazing for larger blades.
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  14. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Right now, probably M390 on folders. I don't really have a favorite with fixed blades yet. I suspect it will be 3V, but I do like D2 and CPM154 a lot in a regular use fixed blade.
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  15. ridnovir

    ridnovir Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2012
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  16. wheelgunrambo

    wheelgunrambo Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 1, 2016
    Not that it is a contest but m390 and 3V are getting a lot of play. I have seen these steels over and over in the industry for top blades in their class. M390 is showing up on tons of midtechs and 3V on most bushcraft knife options in the higher end. I say bushcraft because this seems to be the part of the industry where a mix of toughness and edge holding are both desired.
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  17. Eagle Scout

    Eagle Scout

    Mar 10, 2010
    M390 / 20CV for me as well. That's my "ideal" steel if available in a knife that interests me. My Bradford G4 in M390 has been tough as nails and the stainless properties are perfect for an outdoor tool.

    Very happy to see ZT using more 20CV in their offerings. Would put money down for a ZT camp knife of the same material.

    How many people on the street would you have to ask before finding someone who knows what M390 is? Like so many interesting hobbies, very specialized and lost on most folks.
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  18. blame it on god

    blame it on god Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    M390, 204P, 20CV. Sharpen somewhat easy and hold an edge VERY well. And are stainless to boot.

    Maxamet is still too new to me. I've used my manix2, but not really. And have not sharpened it yet either.
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  19. clearytja


    Oct 17, 2002
    M2.... For both..... I love patina.
  20. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Folder: Maxamet
    Fixed: 3V
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