Another question from a curious newbie.
I know many of you are devoted to carbon steel, but when choosing a blade as a gift for a family member I feel like stainless is much more forgiving and certainly easier to maintain.
So, as I shop for knife blanks to put handles on, I'm curious what your opinions are of the various alloys available.
Strengths, weaknesses, pros, cons. Which do you prefer, and which has the best balance of edge holding, toughness, and corrosion resistance?
Specifically, I'm curious about VG-10, Aus-8, and 440-C. Other recommendations are welcome.