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Dalstrong Shogun series VG-10 Paring knife

Discussion in 'Kitchen Cutlery & Tools' started by Sonnydaze, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I bought my wife one of these two yrs ago, with VG-10 Japanese Super Steel, and she continues to love it.
    I am presently shopping for several more paring knives for my grown grand-kids.
    Dalstrong has changed the blade-steel to high-carbon AUS-10V steel with 66-alternating layers of SUS410 damascus cladding.
    "In a reply from Dalstrong regarding the change in blade-steel, they replied:
    "We elected to make the change from VG-10 to AUS-10V steel in order to offer enhanced performance. The composition of AUS-10 and VG10 are very similar. They are both high carbon stainless steels with a bit of vanadium in the mix.

    But in AUS-10, nickel, among other elements, are added to the steel mixture which VG10 does not contain. Nickel upgrades the toughness, meaning fewer micro-cracks and chips than VG10, which is great for busy kitchens. We've also added a vacuum heat treatment which further enhances the durability and performance over standard AUS-10 67 layers."

    Therefore, I would defer to the gurus here on the forum to help me decide on the value of this steel change.
  2. Alex Topfer

    Alex Topfer

    May 1, 2019
  3. L.H.S

    L.H.S Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    I have the 10.5"ish chef knife in the Shogun series. I'm not an expert in kitchen knives but I really like it. Seems ground well and to hold it's edge much better than my normal kitchen knives. I can tell sharpening it that it's hard.
  4. KnifeRep

    KnifeRep Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 5, 2018
    The nickel in AUS-10V will make it more corrosion resistant compared to VG10, I generally agree it will also make it less prone to "micro-cracks and chips."

    Is a AUS-10V edge better than a VG10 edge? Maybe in regards to edge retention but not in initial sharpness, by my estimation the advantage would be unnoticeable to all but some professional users.

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