I've had many members ask me about steels that are used in knives so I've decided to start a thread that will explain why we use what we do.
Wear resistance, toughness, sharpenability, edge stablity, stain resistance are some of the main subjects that we will cover.
We've made knives out of O-1, 1065, 1075, 1095, 1084, 1086v, 52100, 440-C, AEB-L, mystery carbon, super wear resistant, PM stainless,154cm, cpm 154, D-2, spray form D-2, ATS-34, S-30V, L-3, 3-V, cpm M-4, vanadus 4 extra, niolox/SB1, L-6, O-2, 15n20, A-2, 19c27, 12c27, 425, spicy white, 5160, 9260, and several types of recycled steels such as chain saw bars, lawn mower blades, circular saw blades, coil and leaf springs, planer blades, etc. all come to mind. I'm sure that I've forgotten some.
We plan on trying several other steels in the future, to see if there is any thing better than what we are using.
The steels that we have settled on so far are; AEB-L, PM stainless (to remain nameless), super wear resistant (to remain nameless), and mystery carbon (also to remain nameless).
Some of the steels that we have tried have been a big disapointment, and some have been a big suprise.
More to come.