Confirming steel type for mystery blade

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by TennToadsticker, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. TennToadsticker


    Jan 5, 2011
    I bought a used 2-3 yr-old Oleg Krymlin hunter from a reputable BF forumite that he bought from the maker who had it listed as M4 steel. It's performed well, but after a year of kitchen duty there is no trace of patina and I now have serious doubts that it is M4. I even left it sitting against sliced oranges on purpose and still no patina. Being a steel nerd, I asked Oleg and sent him a photo but even he couldn't confirm the steel type.

    All of this is the backdrop for my question: Is there a chemical test or some other method that can identify a specific blade steel?
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2013

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