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Steels You Wish Were More Ubiquitous?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Eli Chaps, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    What steels do you wish were used more and more readily available in the knives you like? Doesn't have to just be folders or fixed but kitchen too. I'm far from a steel geek but I do know some steels I really like.

    For me, it has to be BD1N and CTS-XHP. I find both of these steels to give really nice performance and especially wish they were more widely used in kitchen cutlery. They sharpen up easily, have respectable hardness, and hold up without being overly chippy.

    So what say you?
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  2. Pinemoon


    Mar 25, 2005
    Yes, CTS-XHP gets a vote.
    Also like N690 & M390
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  3. orangejoe35

    orangejoe35 The Opposite Gold Member

    Nov 23, 2016
    CTS-XHP was my answer too.
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  4. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker

    Feb 28, 2011
    AEB-L in production knives would be the big one, though 14c28n is close enough (and with a lot better stain resistance) that I can't complain much.

    I don't have as much of a problem with S30V as many do, but I like S35VN better and don't entirely understand why it hasn't become more standard.
  5. Ben Dover

    Ben Dover Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    S90V, S110V, S125V
    CPM Rex 121
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  6. strategy9

    strategy9 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2015
    and Carpenter branded steels period, incl. XhP
  7. mqqn

    mqqn Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    ZDP-189 - one of my favorites.
    CPM-M4 - another.


  8. TheTourist


    Jun 23, 2019
    I'm also interested in the CTS alloy. My reasoning might sound odd. I have never seen, felt, carried, touched or heard a recommendation for this alloy or the folder by anyone at any time. I cannot say that for most of the usual cutlery attributes. I'd just like to try it.
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  9. BD_01


    Jun 9, 2016
    They’ve already been mentioned.

    Sadly I only have one Elmax blade. I really like it.
    I have a couple XHP Spyderco’s, one of which gets used daily. It sharpens very easily for the amount of edge retention it holds.
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  10. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    M4, A2, Hap40.
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  11. Razor

    Razor Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 1999
    I wish they would make more folders in carbon steel like 52100. I know that the spyderco millie and para millie would get sharp as razors and were easy to sharpen to. I never had any trouble with rust. I always liked M4, Elmax and XHP.
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  12. panella


    Sep 2, 2003
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  13. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    52100 is a cool one.
    Surface rust turns to a cool patina and it has a really good balance between ease of sharpening, edge holding, and toughness.

    Elmax and 204P are a couple others I'd like to see more of as well.
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  14. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
  15. Razor

    Razor Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 8, 1999
    BG-42 is a heck of a good steel. Sebenza's were a great knife when they used that steel.
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  16. ridnovir


    Mar 12, 2012
    I second this motion and would add ELMAX
  17. rxavage


    Aug 16, 2014
    Elmax for stainless, m4 for carbon. I’d honestly like to see more high end carbon steels offered.
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  18. MarkN86


    Sep 3, 2012
    I can't get over how smooth and fine of an edge carbon steel takes. I know stainless is so much easier to take care of but I wish more production makers gave a 1095 option on modern knives.
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  19. rexromic

    rexromic Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2011
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  20. PirateSeulb


    Jun 6, 2017
    I have seen some nice ones mentioned that I can certainly agree with

    BD1N is a nice budget steel that I don't see used too often so definitely on my list
    AEB-L is a steel I hear about but never seen on production knives so it would be nice to see on some production knives
    Elmax I have 1 knife with this and I love it so give me more of it
    CTS-XHP it seems like a great steel but since CS dropped it for S35VN it is much harder to find a blade using it
    BG-42 honestly I missed getting to experience this steel so would love to see some knives run in it that I could use
    Sleipner it seems like an interesting steel but outside of LionSteel no one seems to use it
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