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Victorinox...what kind of blade steel?

Feb 18, 1999
I've been wondering, since there is so much information on steel type, Rockwell hardness, etc., what about that used on the Victorinox SAK's? They seem to resist rust VERY well (because of the polish or chromium??). My guess is the hardness might be somewhere in the mid-40's to low 50's. Anyone out there know?
Try <a href="www.victorinox.ch"> their site</a>.
It's 56 Rc (the knife blade).

I did something wrong.
<a href="http://www.victorinox.ch">Hope this works</a>

It's http://www.victorinox.ch if it doesn't.

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As already stated correctly, the blade is Rc 56, and that is the hardest metal in it. As for the steel composition, copied from the website already listed above:

"For both blades we use chrome molydenum stainless steel with 0.52% carbon, 15% chromium, 0.5% molydenum, 0.45% manganese and 0.6% silicium. After a sophisticated hardening process at 1040°C and an annealing temperature of 160°C the blades achieve a hardness of RC 56.

The woodsaw, scissors and nail files have a hardness of RC 53, the screwdriver, tin opener and awl a hardness of RC 52, and the corkscrew and springs RC 49.

The metal saw and file, in addition to the special case hardening, are also subjected to a hard chromium plating process so that iron and steel can also be filed und cut."


[This message has been edited by Outlaw_Dogboy (edited 19 March 1999).]