Yes, AUS6, by CRKT, can be pretty awful. But I have at least three 440A knives by Cold Steel that are as sharp as a well honed razor. It's not great, but I'd take it over a lot of CRKT's AUS8A blades, any day!My experience has really only been with CRKT and Spyerco's AUS-6, which the consensus seems to say is no different than 440A. It's terrible. I honestly hate it.