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SpikeC
01-16-2012, 04:50 PM
What is the optimum hardness for the blade on a pocket knife? I suppose it depends on how many cow leg bones one is going to saw through, butt generally speaking, how hard do custom makers typically take the HT to on a EDC?
:scratchhead:

Eamon Burke
01-16-2012, 05:06 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm not as nutty about folders as I am about kitchen knives, but:

58 HRC is for EDCs what 61 HRC is for kitchen knives--most are lower, some are higher. A 62hrc EDC is probably a custom. There are guys who do aftermarket heat treating to get them up there because people get pissed when they pay for s30v and get a 57hrc knife. Some folders, like a SAK or a Buck 110 are like 56hrc.

PierreRodrigue
01-16-2012, 06:13 PM
I go to 61 on CPM 154

SpikeC
01-16-2012, 06:32 PM
Ah, butt do you actually sell them?

DeepCSweede
01-16-2012, 07:09 PM
My buck knife is 420HC and is approximately 58 HRC. I actually prefer a lower grade in a hunting knife though.

PierreRodrigue
01-16-2012, 07:46 PM
Ah, butt do you actually sell them?
Did he just call be butt? :nunchucks:

SpikeC
01-16-2012, 07:59 PM
Butt what??

Eamon Burke
01-16-2012, 08:05 PM
:moon:

PierreRodrigue
01-16-2012, 08:07 PM
:lmao:

jmforge
01-17-2012, 01:08 AM
Why?!?!?!:(
My buck knife is 420HC and is approximately 58 HRC. I actually prefer a lower grade in a hunting knife though.

jmforge
01-17-2012, 01:10 AM
Spike, it depends on the steel. Most makers are probably not going to heat treat a folder different than one of their smaller fixed blades. With that said, most "regular" knife makers are not going to leave them as hard as your typical high end kitchen knife.