Someone asked how to get a view of Cliff's activities without sifting through 17,000 posts. He has his own website where you can see the volume of effort that he put into studying knives over the years. When you see all the effort that he put in you can see how he might think that he knew something. http://www.cutleryscience.com/reviews/reviews.html As for knives that he liked, he has been accused of being a shill for Busse Combat knives because they are extremely tough (made from that proprietary INFI alloy). Part of Cliff's bent is a focus on chopping things. Because of that he likes rather simple tough steels and will point out the failings of anything that doesn't make a good ax. Lately he has found some simple stainless steels that seem more ductile than others. He likes 12C27 and 13C26, but he has found ways to insult the people who use them. He always wants to take these simple tough steels, like 1095, and see what you can do if you jack up the hardness.