Personally, I have no real preference between stainless and carbon steel. I have been well served by both. In my opinion, geometry and the quality of the heat treat are more important. That said, do you prefer stainless or carbon steel? I'm contemplating moving to stainless for the majority of my small to medium sized fixed blades, but will continue to use carbon steel for larger pieces. (Swords or large choppers mostly.) Thoughts?