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    Steel ...

    I'm about to buy a new knife and have read quite a lot about the different steels used. Still, I'm doubting which steel to chose for my next knife?

    What is your experience with white #1, #2 ... blue #1, #2 etc. Which holds the sharpest edge, is easiest to sharpen, less reactive etc. etc.

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    Infi is the best.

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    I'd just buy whatever is cheapest to be honest. From my little experience I think blue is easier to sharpen and less reactive than white but I am no expert by any means

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larrin View Post
    Infi is the best.
    I believe you, but what is it? I panic when I can't find things on gators steel chart, lol. Care to elaborate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalaeb View Post
    I believe you, but what is it? I panic when I can't find things on gators steel chart, lol. Care to elaborate?
    Infi is a steel exclusively used by Busse for very large knives. It is in the family of A8-mod, and is characterized by high toughness with moderate wear resistance. It is very hyped by both Busse and his fans. He doesn't make kitchen knives and I don't recommend Infi for them. I will stop making bad jokes on the board now.

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    There's my answer of B2 or W2, but without your preference of SS, Clad, Carb. its hard for me to give an answer.

    Some of my W2/B2 knives take a killer patina, but if thats not your style and you don't like the look W2 won't be the answer.

    Also in another unrelated answer: A lot of the truth comes down to HT and the maker.

    The worst steel HT'd properly is a better choice then the best steel HT'd poorly.

    Instead I will tell you steels I don't enjoy most of the time!: VGX, SK4/SK5.

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    I think the type of knife and its intended use should dictate steel type....
    The difference between try and triumph is a little "umph"! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!
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    O1 rules!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpikeC View Post
    O1 rules!!
    Who makes kitchen knives with O1?

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    TC Blades uses 01.
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