Considering rust. Upgrading

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Skar, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. Skar


    Mar 24, 2020
    Hey guys.
    I'm looking into upgrading some carry knives.
    I'm mostly looking at "entry" level which more often than not use D2 steel.
    I like the edge retention and toughness of the steel.

    However I regrettably purchased some Damascus steel knives that rust whenever I think about them !!

    I would appreciate some experience points.
    I hope D2 is more tolerant to corrosion without oiling it every week ?

    I live in a pretty dry environment but moisture happens. I have some carbon kitchen knives that are awesome but care is easier to maintain in the kitchen.

    Thank you
  2. Snacktime


    Aug 18, 2019
    I would pass on D2 if you fear rust. I would stay the stainless if you only clean and oil when you have to. Post up a budget, a knife you like and someone will give you a good recommendation.
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  3. Skar


    Mar 24, 2020
    I really like the civivi statera.
    Artisan cutlery archaeo.

    Shamefully there are about 10 more I've been eyeing!
    Appreciate your help
  4. anthonycastorena2014

    anthonycastorena2014 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Spyderco Byrd knives are pretty resilient around $25. 12c is also pretty rust resistant as well. How much are you looking to spend? What are you going to use the knife for? How long of a blade and what shape do you prefer? The guys here will guide you to the right knife my friend.
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  5. Skar


    Mar 24, 2020
    Thank you..
    Use is for EDC and tactical if needed.
    I really like wharncliff blades. And looking for a good steel.
    I was looking at knives in 50-75$ range. But that seems limited to D2.

    Im really considering copying you and looking at the zt 0357bw.
  6. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    D2 is actually quite rust and stain resistant, with around 11% chromium. I have had no rust problems with any of my D2 blades: Dozier, 710, Grippie. I wouldn't worry about rust, even given minimal care.
  7. effenoam

    effenoam Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2013
    In Wisconsin I'm unable to rust D2, in Florida however I've rusted vg10...I can barely rust M4 here. I dont think you'll get get any considerable rust on D2 unless you're in or around saltwater.
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  8. colin.p


    Feb 4, 2017
    I bought a 940-1601 last November and the D2 blade is still as pretty now, as she was when I bought it. Actually the finish is quite striking with absolutely no corrosion at all. I just wipe it off when needed with a microfiber cloth.

    I was a little worried about how it would hold up but now, no worries at all.
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  9. Skar


    Mar 24, 2020
    Thank you !!
    No salt water, Just desert air !

    This makes me feel alot better about it !
  10. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    That Civivi Statera looks alot like the Kershaw Fraxion to me... the Fraxion is on sale at KnifeCenter for like $25.


    It's 8Cr... which isn't super steel by any stretch of the imagination... but it's stainless enough for me and real easy to maintain.

    I live next to the ocean, and I have no issues with my D2 stuff. You should be just fine.
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  11. number9

    number9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 5, 2017
    I have three knives in D2, from three different manufacturers. No problem with rust on any of them. They live in a drawer or pocket and get wiped dry after use. That's all.

    If you are looking for a D2 Wharnie, check out the QSP Penguin. D2 and Micarta. I got the blue one, and like it WAY more than the <$30 price tag might suggest. (It's in my pocket now. Plenty of more expensive knives in the drawer.) They have a few other Wharncliffes, also named after birds. But they're more $ and didn't appeal to me any more.

    If you're really looking for "tactical", the Penguin isn't very stabby, though.
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  12. anthonycastorena2014

    anthonycastorena2014 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    I am in Texas and if I carry D2 it will spot. If I sweat it will spot. Great steel but not necessarily stainless. You would have to oil or wax it. I just used the BHQ website tool (check it out) to find a few for you. These are my pics in no particular order. Use the tool man see what you like!! It’s worth mentioning that as long as the knife deploys reliably it can be tactical. The knife is not tactical you are. With training any blade locking or non locking will suffice in a life or death situation. It is up to you to learn how to effectively use an edged weapon. Hope this helps!

    Check these out:
    Stedmon Knife Co. ZKC C02 Reverse Tanto 440c (have a stedemon good 440)
    Spyderco Endura/Delica Wharncliffe vg10
    CJRB Ramphart D2 but its cool as hell
    RUIKE P865 14c28n
    Artisan Cutlery Apache D2 also cool as hell.
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  13. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I owned a D2 Griptilian until last summer. I never had any rust issues with it. Never. The neat thing is I never did much of anything to take care of it.

    IMO, Benchmade does a wonderful job with their D2.
  14. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    I live and work on the Alabama Gulf Coast and I can tell you that D2 will definitely rust but it doesn't pit out and wither away like 1095 carbon.
  15. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    That ZT really is a hot deal right now. Great way to get into a higher end knife without the higher cost. Also look at the rest of the USA made Kershaws. They have a good range of prices and steels.

    For a more budget knife, take a look at what Ruike is doing. In most of their line they use 14c28n which is at the higher end of the budget stainless steels. I've got a few from them and have been really impressed.

  16. Sharp & Fiery

    Sharp & Fiery Always Embellish Platinum Member

    May 14, 2012
    Im in Canada, and all knives I have owned in D2 have gotten rust “spots”, like little dots. Ex: lionsteel, benchmade.
    If its taken care of its fine though.
    Honestly, the Sandvik steels are great options, some of my favorite budget and custom knives have that steel. They get used, and no rust as of yet. Easy to maintain, and take a great edge.
    Welcome to BF!
    Lots of info here on bladesteels! Just gotta search around. ;)
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  17. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Polished D2 is pretty rust resistant. I have a few Queen slipjoints. I have never had them rust. I have gotten a slight patina cutting how meat, or other things. Never stayed. Just rubbed off on a loaded strop.
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  18. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Love Sandvik steel. Their 14C28n
    is one of my favorite steels. You can get an amazing edge with it.
  19. Skar


    Mar 24, 2020
    Thank you guys for your help !!
    I do feel alot more comfortable buying some D2 knives.
    Those Damascus blades scared me a bit !

    So far ... I have about 14 knives on my wish list ha ha.
    I think I'm going with Ontario RAT knife that's D2 steel - And - bear ops rancor 2 s30v steel...
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  20. anthonycastorena2014

    anthonycastorena2014 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Dude I love that tanto. Will be getting one in T minus. . . JUST ordered it
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2020 at 2:17 AM

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