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Favorite Blade Steel?

Discussion in 'AA Forge Knives' started by AA Forge, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. O1

    2 vote(s)
  2. A2

    1 vote(s)
  3. 52100

    7 vote(s)
  4. 1095

    2 vote(s)
  5. 80CRV2

    1 vote(s)
  6. 3V

    11 vote(s)
  7. AEB-L

    3 vote(s)
  8. Nitro-V

    2 vote(s)
  9. CPM 154

    3 vote(s)
  10. CPM S35VN

    1 vote(s)
  1. AA Forge

    AA Forge Custom Knife Maker Moderator

    Apr 8, 2010
    Let's hear what your favorite steel is and why!

    We are tooling up to work with some higher performance steel in the future and I'm simply curious on your alls thoughts. We will always work with the standard carbon steels (which are my favorite), but I want to expand our options a little. Unfortunately I'm limited on the poll options, so if you don't see your favorite feel free to simply post it up!

    Let's hear it!
  2. mmmotorcycle

    mmmotorcycle Midnight Joker #42 Platinum Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    For my needs, 3V is a great all around option. I don't find it exceptional in any way but it is a great balance of what I need in a fixed blade.

    That said, ALL the steels on that list are ones I have used and enjoyed for various reasons.
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  3. bonafide

    bonafide Leather Sheathmaker, JouFuu Leathers Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 20, 2013
    Rex 121. Hardness, takes abuse, keeps a razors edge.

    LC200n .. this is my favorite. Its not a stainLESS steel .. it's stainPROOF. Pretty much anti corrosive steel. Holds a HARD edge, but still pretty easy to sharpen.
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  4. DirtyPhill


    Nov 13, 2007
    Would enjoy trying a sloyd in 3v incredibly interested in seeing how it would perform with a traditional Scandi ground blade.
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  5. ajvail18

    ajvail18 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 12, 2017
    3V is my favorite steel. I would like a few blades in an easy to maintain stainless!
    mmmotorcycle likes this.
  6. bikerector

    bikerector Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2016
    52100 for a carbon steel. Holds an edge well and seems to be quite tough. I think AEB-L is one I would like to see more of in bigger blades as it's supposed to be quite similar to 52100 in characteristics but stainless. I don't see much big enough to test that out but it would be nice to get something like a Leuku (6-8") in AEB-L to test that theory out.
  7. AA Forge

    AA Forge Custom Knife Maker Moderator

    Apr 8, 2010
    I may look to see if I can get it!
  8. AA Forge

    AA Forge Custom Knife Maker Moderator

    Apr 8, 2010
    3v is not that great at reel fine edges which is most of my hesitation with it.
  9. AA Forge

    AA Forge Custom Knife Maker Moderator

    Apr 8, 2010
    Aeb-l and Nitro-v are the best I have found so far!
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  10. AA Forge

    AA Forge Custom Knife Maker Moderator

    Apr 8, 2010
    I actually happen to have some huntsman's and leukus planned on aeb-l. Unfortunately they won't be available until next month at the earliest.
    ajvail18 likes this.
  11. DirtyPhill


    Nov 13, 2007
    What about Maxamet it Elmax?
  12. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    AEB-L has impressed me with how easily it takes a great edge and it's proven to have pretty good edge retention and toughness IMHO.
  13. AA Forge

    AA Forge Custom Knife Maker Moderator

    Apr 8, 2010
    I plan to give Elmax a try at some point.
  14. AA Forge

    AA Forge Custom Knife Maker Moderator

    Apr 8, 2010
    Same here!
  15. 007Airman


    Dec 23, 2018
    Chasing the next super steel is getting old. I am pretty happy with my niolox which is basically D2
  16. Zippo2

    Zippo2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2018
    I have always favored 80CRV but I have couple of AA's that are my only 52100 that I can't find fault in.
  17. lmalterna

    lmalterna Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 12, 2002
    I do not live near the coast so I like carbon steels. 52100, 5160(for heavy knives).

    CPM154 is a good stainless.

  18. batonbuck

    batonbuck Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2017
    Can't pick just one since final use is a factor.
    In Va. we have had about 70 inches of rain in last year so stainless steel is the new go-to.
  19. Stump Buster

    Stump Buster Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Out of the choices listed?

    Yes! (1095 would be my last choice though.)
  20. James Usher

    James Usher

    May 3, 2019
    idk but stainless steel always cross my head when ever it comes to blade!

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