Favorite folder steel!

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Idahonotu, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. dingy


    Feb 19, 2008
    i like carbon steel .
  2. lemonslush


    Aug 13, 2012
    I try not to pick and choose, I like most anything I can sharpen easily. I am not a fa of vg-10 I would say.
  3. Jurgs18


    Nov 17, 2014
    I admit, I like aus8. I am not good at sharpening and cold steel and SOGs offerings of aus 8 are just about the perfect mix of edge retention for the type of use I put my knife through and easy enough to sharpen. Favorite in my fixed are the 5120 spring steel in the Ontario sp knives I have. Dang they are excellent. Here, my thoughts are in the context of owner higher end knives with much more super steel types. I like those. But I like also the tried and true steels and the lower "lower end" steels which are IMO not low end, just great.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2016
  4. Screwdriver


    Feb 27, 2010
    I have been through many steels and was obsessed for awhile....But 154CM, S30V, 14C28N, AUS8 all work great for me.
  5. bdmicarta


    Feb 16, 2012
    The knives in my rotation have: 154CM, S30V, Elmax, M390, S90V, S110V, D2, Cruwear and M4. M4 is my favorite, S110V next. In reality all of the steels work reasonably well for me. I've read a lot about S3V and would like to try it in a folder. I have not been able to do a good test of Elmax and Cruwear.
  6. Zakkaery


    Mar 27, 2016
    I'm definitely partial to Carpenter steels like CTS-XHP, CTS-204P, and on the lower end of the spectrum the amazing CTS-BD1, but I do really like CPM-M4 as well.
  7. FullMetalJackass

    FullMetalJackass Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2016
  8. BenjaminRush

    BenjaminRush Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2015
    XHP and M4 for me, although I do really appreciate the ease of maintaining VG10. Haven't used my ZT 0456 enough to have an opinion on 204P
  9. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Let's see, the steel in the knives that I use the most are 400A, AUS6, 154cm, S30v and Sandvik 14C28N. Surprisingly, I like the 14C28N the best. Super easy to sharpen and the edge is out of this world.

    For a budget steel, Sandvik is hard to beat. Out of all the steels listed above, the 400A is my least favorite. I will never purchase another Cutco knife.
  10. Rapt_up

    Rapt_up Gold Member Gold Member

    May 4, 2012
    10V and S90V
  11. upnorth


    Nov 25, 2006
    Like many I have an eclectic mix. But I also have a ridiculous pile of AUS8. Never rusts, easy to sharpen. Cold Steel vendors dumped their AUS8 folders when they introduced their new steels. I took advantage of the transition...and then some.
  12. hermit dave

    hermit dave

    Jul 19, 2011
    Surgical Stainless Steel
  13. flowfaster


    Nov 11, 2015
    Vanadis 4 extra and M390 for me.
  14. hermit dave

    hermit dave

    Jul 19, 2011
  15. WK ONE

    WK ONE

    Apr 25, 2015
    S35VN for folders, 1095 for fixed.
  16. NJBillK

    NJBillK Custom Leather and Fixed Blade modifications.

    Mar 27, 2014
    M4, Cruwear and s35vn

    Non-stainless is a hard choice between M4 and Cruwear.
    -M4 cuts for days and takes a Great edge.
    -Cruwear takes an Absolutely amazing edge and is Very easy to touch up to hair popping sharp and will hold an edge for an impressive amount of time (not as long as M4, but is easier to touch up).

    I own two stainless knives, a sebenza and a victorinox first mate. S35vn and X55CrMo14 respectively, s35vn takes my preference.
  17. bandk


    Aug 19, 2012
    I like 420V or 420 HC and D2 good edge retention and easy enough to maintain
  18. JTR357

    JTR357 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 10, 2007
    Higher end:CPM-M4,M390,& ZDP-189

    Lower end:BUCK's 420HC,AUS8 & Kershaw's 14C28
  19. Biginboca


    Mar 17, 1999
    It's surprising how few mentions S35VN has and yet how common it is in use now. Maybe knife makers should take note of that, lol
  20. jaypowell0185


    May 28, 2013
    154 CM and M4

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