I have seen a lot of best steel conversations, and a lot of broad categorizations, but I haven't found a useful list like the one I would like. I would like to ask people, especially heavy users and makers, what their favorite steels are for different applications. Some notes like at what hardness, from what makers you have had good experiences, and what edge angles and degree of polish you like. There will never be consensus, but it would be interesting to see the groupings. Something like: Heavy use camping etc, cpm 3v at hrc 61+/-. 20* inclusive primary bevel, 35 apex. 8k+ finish Bark river is pretty good Folding knife edc: k390 at HRC 63 +/- ffg to zero edge, 35* inclusive at the apex. 2k grit cbn to finish. I have 2 fixed blades by kornalski which take a superlative edge, and lose it slowly (one in the kitchen over months of abuse, neglect, and absolutely no maintenance). Spyderco makes the folders I actually carry. Utility/carving knife: I use my kornalski in k390 a lot, even though its ergonomics are terrible for this. I have a hunter/skinner, but it just keeps cutting longer than seems reasonable. Kitchen knives: I'm not happy with the ones I have and am shopping for an upgrade. If a lot of people answer, I'll try to make a spreadsheet and see if any patterns emerge, or if any steels are particularly popular crossovers. Another thing I'd be curious to see is similar high alloy steels with different heat treats and geometries being used for different purposes.