Going to war for mystery steel, Happy New Year, what a way to start it 😂
Notice we have a lot of SAK, Mora, Buck, Rough Ryder (440a) fans on the forum, the reason people are mad about this is because the knives were supposed to be in A2 or O1 steel. I do not think it is snobbish to sit and open your mouth to be fed whatever they tell you about steel. Why, nobody mind low alloy. A2 and O1 are not exactly high alloy supersteels...
Not super steels, but are actually high carbon steels
, unlike 4034 which is at best medium carbon steel. Second thing is edge retention. Then ironically - some still find it easier to sharpen those steels than 4034 and similar stuff, because of the burr and everything. Then resistance to rolls and so on...
I do believe 4034 is tough - because low carbon and softer steel will no surprise have some toughness. But edge stability and other stuff... well that is where problems start.
If it wasn't like that - 4034 and similar steel would be way more popular and expensive. There is a reason why these steels are often marketed as mystery stainless or surgical stainless steel. And there's reason why 4034 is dirt cheap and usually not used in cutlery (at least not quality cutlery).
Sure, Cold Steel does have better HT on them, and sure that HT can do a lot for any steel, but there is the limit of how much it can do.
But in any case, their prices are outrageous for such steel, fit and finish and sheaths.