A unique formulation of steel with a high carbon content. It contains various amounts of one or more of the following: Chromium, Vanadium and Cobalt. VG-10 is considered a "super steel," because it is designed to maintain sharpness and durability. In addition to its exceptional edge retention, being a stainless steel, VG-10 is also surprisingly corrosion resistant due to its fairly high chromium content.
AUS-8 is a Japanese medium-carbon, high-chromium stainless steel. One word says it all, "balance". It offers exceptional balance between toughness, edge sharpness, and corrosion resistance. Balance provides lasting value. AUS-8 ranks among the hardest, toughest, and most rust-resistant knife alloys. It's a trusted favorite that enthusiasts prefer time and again.
This air hardened tool steel is sometimes called a "semi-stainless" steel, because it contains 12% chromium. It offers decent corrosion resistance with exceptional edge retention. It is harder to sharpen than most, but can be finished to a high-polish shine.
This stainless steel is made in Sweden. It is generally known as a premium steel for knife blades, offering a good balance of corrosion resistance, sharpenability and edge retention.
A stainless steel with a terrific balance between hardness and corrosion resistance. 440 takes a nice edge and is fairly easy to resharpen. An excellent value-priced steel for its performance. Good toughness and stain resistance.
7Cr17 stainless steel is similar to 440 steel, with very good strength and wear resistance.
1095 High Carbon
An easy-to-sharpen carbon steel used in knife making. It contains carbon and little else. It is strong and a great overall knife steel.
A hard, strong blade steel. This stainless steel is commonly used in knife blades, and offers good corrosion resistance at a low cost. Decent edge holding capabilities and fairly easy to resharpen, this steel is a good balance of the most desirable traits for knife steel.
A stainless steel that has a low carbon content and has a high chromium content, making it a shock absorbing steel that bends instead of breaking. The 420J2 has excellent resistance to corrosion, high stain resistance and fair edge holding capability.
Date published: 2020-03-27