stainless better than S30V?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Chewy1, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    Haven't had either one chip on me, but IMO S30V will lose it's razor edge very fast, something I noticed when I got my 1st knife in S30V while CPM 154 will keep the razor edge longer.

    S30V doesn't really go dull, it gets a user edge and holds that, but it doesn't hold a keen edge for very long, it's something I wasn't very happy about either considering how expensive the knife was.

    All I could think about was how my Voyager in VG-1 held the edge a lot better than a knife costing 5 times as much.... As I said I wasn't happy about it at all.... I have 3 knives in S30V currently.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2010
  2. flatgrinder


    Dec 20, 2005
    After all these years, imho the "best" all-around stainless for a pocket knife is ATS-34 or 154CM. It's predictable and when heat treat correctly performs very well.
  3. pwet


    Feb 13, 2009
    good question.

    perhaps because it has no big fancy carbides ?

    cpm154 is a pretty simple steel with not much hype except the cpm process. not enough hype for limited editions and too limited for regular production probably.
  4. Stainz


    Jun 24, 2007
    Benchmade uses a lot of 154CM. Buck did use CPM154 - it was an extra cost option for Buck Custom Shop 110's - replaced by S30V a year or two back. I have a special 110 from Bass Pro, a short run 192, and the 005RWS Gen5, all in CPM154. Came with - and holds/takes - a razor edge ever so slightly better than Buck's also Paul Bos heat-treated S30v. I bet they'll miss him - he retired last month. S30V continues to pull cut in an unreal fashion - and can be easily restored on a basic Spydie Sharpmaker's fine files - you just have to keep them clean - and to know when 'enough is enough', not always intuitively obvious!

    Benchmade's D2 & 440C are a career to re-edge, in comparison to CPM154 & S30V. 154CM is not as bad - and the M4 seems about the same. Knowing 'when to stop' with S30V makes it just about perfect. Of course, if you want a razor - go with 420HC like Buck uses - or a good heat treated 1095, A2, or whatever CS Boker Tree Brand uses. They - as great slicers - and S30V for a utility cutter - and, IMHO, you are good to go.


    PS I have one VG-10 - a Kershaw 1993-2 'Gentleman's Folder' - ho hum!
  5. Stainz


    Jun 24, 2007
    I forgot to compare/contrast another addition to the 'alphabet soup' - BG-42, a ball bearing steel. Great edge-keeping - my only such blades are Buck Custom Shop 110's, which are all, but one - my most used 'user', still razors - despite some real use. I have not been able to resharpen that one over-used user with the Sharpmaker and it's basic files. BTW, even the one teardrop Damascus Buck Custom Shop 110 I have, despite some carry & use (It is pretty!), is still the sharpest Damascus-bladed knife I have - and an arm-hair raising device with class!

    So, if you can find affordable BG-42, it aint bad! It could just be the Bos heat treating...


    PS My all around favorite is still S30V.
  6. Hitthespot


    Mar 2, 2008
    The Spderco Manix II is still available in CPM 154. I have one and it is an excellent knife.

  7. iamtoast


    Jun 18, 2008
    Huh, I thought the Manix II was 154cm not the CPM version. I may have to check it out again (I don't generally like saber grinds and keep missing the special releases).

    Not sure if its 'better' or even stainless but I am really liking Kershaw's CPM D2. My understanding is the CPM process, and the possible addition of vanadium makes it even more corrosion resistant then normal D2. I find it to be much easier to sharpen the ZDP-189 and it keeps the edge I like for a very long time.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2010
  8. Chewy1


    Jun 5, 2006
    Is SG-2 available in a production knife?
  9. pwet


    Feb 13, 2009
    falkniven 3g is sgps clad with vg2. i think sgps is a generic term that refers to sg1 or sg2, not sure of that
  10. singularity35


    Mar 1, 2010
    I believe the M2 comes with 154CM not CPM154. :D
  11. thombrogan


    Nov 16, 2002
    It was available in limited runs of Kershaw's Blur and Junkyard Dog II knives, but it's standard in their Shun Elite, Shun Kaji, and Shun Kramer knives. It's one of the superpowderuberwhatever steels that easily sharpens up on the cheaper King waterstones (the ones that won't do much for S30V unless you're really lucky).
  12. Lavan


    Nov 8, 2000
  13. PayetteRucker


    Aug 4, 2009
    I'd take BG42 or ATS34 over S30V
  14. Knife Outlet

    Knife Outlet

    Jan 4, 1999
    Better is a dangerous term. All alloys have plusses and minuses. That's why there are so many alloys available. Everything is a compromise. You just need to decide where you want to compromise.
  15. SteelSnob


    Sep 7, 2009
    IMO CPM154 is much better.
  16. rifon2


    Oct 9, 2005
    That's German C75, which is the direct equivalent of 1075.

    Very nice & underrated knife. :thumbup: Mine was ridiculously sharp right out of the box.
    VG-10 can take that kind of edge, as noted in a post above.

    It is 154CM.
  17. troller


    Jun 15, 2010
    how does the VG-10 3G compares to the S30v?
    I've got a fallkniven F1 3G and just can't imagine anything sharper than that, seriously! :)
  18. rifon2


    Oct 9, 2005
    Like many of us I've tried plenty of the steels mentioned in this thread.

    And still the best in my book is BG-42.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2010
  19. rifon2


    Oct 9, 2005
    Fallkniven 3G has nothing to do with VG-10.
    It's SGPS (Super G1) clad in VG-2.

    I agree with you, though, that it's one of the best laminate blade steels available today.
  20. troller


    Jun 15, 2010
    that means that if I buy a knife with VG-2 steel OR G1 steel I'm getting something better than VG-10?
    thank you!

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