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Need a good knife steel

Discussion in 'Knife Reviews & Testing' started by Thenoob, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. Thenoob

    Thenoob

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    Jul 20, 2018
    Hello guys i have some money i can spend on a knife, all my knives lose an edge and chip 20dps microbevels all the time..
    So now i want to buy knife with high quality steel edc probably that will keep an edge in normal tasks. I don’t need stainless i need hard! Thanks in advance and btw i sharpen at low angles like 15dps and like them sharp and polished! I am opened to knife and steel suggestions.
     
  2. Mo2

    Mo2

    Apr 8, 2016
    What tasks, what's your budget, fixed or folder? What do you use for sharpening? Etc

    Cruewear might be a good option.

    I have to wonder why your getting chips all the time. Something is wrong.

    Also you may want to move this thread to general knife discussion.
     
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  3. Thenoob

    Thenoob

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    Jul 20, 2018
    Chips are on my 14x6steel knife folder i use lansky system. What do you do with ur edc cutting boxes rope a fruit sometimes idc nothing heavy i more need a steel coice for hunting knife as well
     
  4. emjay4248

    emjay4248 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 8, 2016
    I have used this as a guide. The descriptions are spot on And I am sure this will be of help to you. Only bad thing is that the new obscure like Maxamelt are not here but if you just use the ones in this article There is all you need to pick a great knife.

    http://knifeinformer.com/discovering-the-best-knife-steel/
     
  5. samuraistuart

    samuraistuart KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 21, 2006
    I love good knife steels, especially low to mid alloy carbon steels. That is to say, everything from 1095 thru CPM M4. With that said, the actual steel itself is a distant 3rd in the ranking of what makes a good knife. A distant 4th if you include handle/ergonomics. First is geometry (is the blade thin enough to cut well, or do I need a thick knife?). Second is heat treatment (buy a knife from a maker/manufacturer that has a good HT reputation. most of the well known and established companies do a good job). 3rd would be the actual steel (or how well it feels in hand). That is my 2 cents. Like Roman Landes, German metallurgist and knife maker once said, "Geometry cuts. Heat treatment determines how long".
     
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  6. Thenoob

    Thenoob

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    Jul 20, 2018
    Thanks for the information!
     
  7. ShannonSteelLabs

    ShannonSteelLabs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 9, 2015
    CPM CRU-WEAR
    Z-Wear
    CPM M4
    CPM 4V

    Any of these can support 62HRC or higher and can handle these edge angles you like. And all have very good edge holding and pretty respectable toughness.
     
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  8. Yonose

    Yonose

    Jul 10, 2017
    Spyderco Pm2’s in cruwear sometimes come up for sale on the exchange and are a pretty good example of a tough, great edge holding and easy to sharpen. Sharpmaker is easier to use than lansky system, because there’s no attaching pins and flipping the knife etc, just insert the rods and sharpen.
     
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  9. Thenoob

    Thenoob

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    Jul 20, 2018
    Thank you i will look into them!
     
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