Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! UPDATE 10/24/16: CRKT has confirmed these ARE NOT S30V blades and Knifecenter is requesting all buyers return them. See post #86 for a statement from both companies. In addition, check out page 2 for further evidence from me of their dubious steel. On Friday I received the Knifecenter exclusive CRKT Hootenanny, which is done in a titanium bolsterlock with CF scales and an S30V blade. For $130, it's been pretty good so far. However, last night I cut up an apple and was stunned at how quickly the highly polished satin finish stained. I'm not kidding, it was faster than any of the M4 blades I've ever used. So I ask, is this normal? From my experience with S30V, it isn't. But I want to see how people feel about this. This picture, which is lightly edited to show the amount of staining, was take probably 10 minutes after I cut the apple. What you can't see is the total discoloring on the secondary bevel: I should clarify that I'm not trying to level any JDavis level accusations here at CRKT, it's been a while since I've had an S30V (have tons of S35VN blades) and maybe it's just a lack of experience that is causing me to be so surprised.