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Do you prefer stainless or carbon steel?

Discussion in 'Mitchell Custom Knives' started by Mitchell Knives, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    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.)

  2. JayGoliath


    Mar 27, 2010
    Stainless for what is used more often. Carbon? The patina is pretty nice.
  3. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    Yeah, a nice patina does add some character to the blade.

    It's weird; I have a lot of clients who will only buy carbon steel knives, and some that prefer stainless.

    From a logistics point of view, it's easier if I just stick with one or the other.

    Leaning towards stainless, but also seeking more input from users.
  4. Joshua 189

    Joshua 189

    Nov 18, 2015
    I prefer stainless because it usually has better wear resistance but the carbon steels like O1 and 1095 are so popular!
  5. Elefantener


    Jul 1, 2014
    Carbon steel should only be used for hard use knives, otherwise stainless blows it out in all other areas so it really depends.

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