The three qualities of steel that get compared a lot are stain resistance, wear resistance, and impact resistance (toughness).
The 20CV gives excellent stain resistance and wear resistance but does not have the toughness of 3V.
Alternatively, 3V does not have the stain resistance of 20CV.
Depending on who you ask you'll get different answers about which steel has the higher wear resistance.
I'm inclined to consider the higher carbide content 20CV to be longer wearing, but it does depend on how you use and/or sharpen your knife.
So, from my perspective, the shorter 20CV knife only gives up some toughness that you can't really take advantage of in a 4" blade.
I honestly doubt I will be able to tell the difference in actual use. My usage are usually not that heavy and I strop my knives regularly after each use.
20 cv holds an edge 3 times longer than 3v ? I did not know this . What is the closest comparable steel to 20cv and or 3v ?
Just got a response from them. Not Delta 3V. Will pass this time.
Yeah, I guess I just haven't seen where SURVIVE! has started calling it D3V. They stilll seem to just call it CPM-3V with a new heat treatment from Peter's.Not a name change. You missed the change in heat treat of CPM-3V. Look up Carothers knives on YouTube and watch what D3V is capable of.