I would probably say that AUS6 is a tougher steel than the blade on your SAK. I'm not sure of the exact steel used by Wenger and Victorinox, but since they are mass produced, I would think they must be made of an economical grade steel to meet production costs. AUS6 is not the best steel around but it is very servicible. I have to say that your Urban Shark is one of the best buys around. CRKT as a whole makes great knives for the money.
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I know bonpertus is the supplier of victorinox, and opinel too, but both Opinel and victorinox have special series of steel being made for them. Victorinox does not use 420, 425 maybe, but I think you'd be better off trying 440B, the most produced steel by bonpertus. It's just a guess, but I think a right one. I don't tink you'd notice a difference between AUS-6 and SAK steel.
Keep in mind that the victorinox blades are more or less forged and the AUS-6 is stockremovalled.
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You may assume, that Vix uses more than one supplyer and that the steel is made to their specs. The volume is large enough.
The steels of the 420/440-series have wide acceptable limits, so unless they tell you, you will never know exactly.
One of my knives from Vix was labeled (by the dealer) X55Cr14Mo5, which would be around German 4110 or AISI "425". It does cut nicely.
For their SAK they specify HRc56 and a Cr/Mo stainless steel.
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Hi guys, here is an update. Yesterday, I received an E-mail from Victorinox, in order to eliminate the confusion. This is what they wrote:
The mainsupplier for our steel for pocket-knives are Ugine (France), Krupp/Thyssen (Germany), in smaller quantities also Böhler (Austria) and Sandvik (Sweden). Bonpertuis are our mainsupplier for steel for the production of houshold- and butchery knives.
Well as it seems, we were all wrong ;( Now, the logical question would be: What kind of steel does Ugine and Krupp/Thyssen use for the Victorinox knives?? For the recent moment, I don´t have an answer but I´ll try to do some more investigations