- Apr 22, 2004
Obviously the higher alloy content of S30V, esp. the vanadium, should give S30V better edge holding. How do they compare for toughness?
Me personaly I just about won't use S30V. Tried a few knives out of it and while it holds an edge forever it's a pain to sharpen and I don't realy like the edge it takes compared to other steels. Also it's a pain to finish. I've been carying a folder I made a while back with CPM 154 and love it.
The compliants about a high amount of blade chipping I personally have found to be unwarranted when the blade is properly heat treated (although I have seen a bit, it was not enoughto convince me that the steel was more prone to chipping than most others of it's general characterictics). I consider sharpening it to be an investment of my time beacause while it is tougher to sharpen, it holds an edge better than most steels I have used. 154cm is definitely a good steel, but IMHO it doesn't hold a candle to S30v.