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Heat treating survival knife best steel.

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by SpookStrickland, Jul 23, 2014.

  1. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket

    Apr 15, 2010
    You can't take heat treat out of the equation. No common knife steel will hold an edge worth a damn until it's properly HT'ed. At that point you may as well use scrap metal or a soup can lid and save yourself a whole lot of money and trouble.

    The cheapest Dollar Store "surgical stainless" knife will perform better for longer than an annealed piece of pretty much any super steel you can name, given the same geometry. The exception is cobalt-bearing "steels" that don't require HT as we usually think of it (Talonite, Stellite, etc) and ceramics... so maybe you could look into those.
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2014
  2. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    Generally, the temperature would need to exceeded 350 - 400 degrees Fahrenheit to alter the temper.
  3. SpookStrickland


    Sep 27, 2012
    Ok that's good know, so no matter what steel I use if it loses it's treatment it is about worthless.
  4. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket

    Apr 15, 2010
    Yup, pretty much :)

    Don't leave your knife in the fire.
  5. Vicarious Reality

    Vicarious Reality

    Apr 9, 2008
    Maybe i should stop sterilizing small cuts with a lighter then
    What a silly thread :D

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