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Discussion in 'Traditional Folders and Fixed Blades' started by Kitten Party, Aug 16, 2015.
Surgical steel can mean just about anything. In this case its probably 440A or 420.
pheew I was a bit worried there for a second
Parker made a lot of knives. More than a few are good serviceable knives. Just because the maker does not reveal the steel, does not mean it is poor quality ill suited for a knife.
That's what I'm hoping for.
I agree with both Arathol and brownshoe. Unlikely to be 440C. But that does not mean it is not a suitable steel for a pocket knife. Well done 440A is nothing to sneeze at.
I bought it mostly as a project (that, and the lady needed $3.) to see if I could repair it, and now that I have, I'm considering giving it to a 17 year old boy whose dad hasn't been around for a long time. I'm just hoping the knife is of high enough quality to be worthy of a gift. This will be his first knife.
I'm sure it will turn out fine. They had the reputation of being well made.
I have seen some Parker knives that are old and abused, and as they used to say about Timex watches...took a lickin and was still ticken
There was a thread not to long ago about old Japanese knives and there stamped steel; even if it was stamped 440 or surgical it was most likely and AUS series steel and that the stamp was just to appeal to an American market in the 1980's.
Quote Originally Posted by KenHash
"Your knife is marked 440 and for a Seki made knife that meant either Aus6 or Aus8 as US importers preferred the knife t use a designation more familiar to US consumers at the time. Unfortunately they often didn't get specific enough leaving many people guessing."
I gave it to the young man this morning. By the time I got back later today he said he really liked it. Everybody else said he was playing with it all day.
They were the best bang for the buck knife when I was a kid in the 80's.(imho)
I still have mine, all are decent knives, I used a couple for years. I really
liked the ones with the eagle etch on blade. Used to buy parker, frost, and victorinox
with my lawn mowing cash while on vacation!
That's what I wanted to hear.