DAOVUA KNIFE STEEL

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I have several Daovua knives and just bought a few more.

Inexpensive, but not cheap.

I bought them to practice sharpening and to leave out as “guest knives” in my kitchen.

Pipeline steel & Leaf spring steel.

Does anyone know anything about these steels?

Is leaf spring 52100?

Are they made from old war relic steel ? 😜

The first two I bought (about a year ago) were impressive. The ones I just got … not so much. The newer ones are a much rougher grind and will need substantial reprofiling to make them ascetically pleasing.

Hey, what so you want for $60! They are fun knives and the carbon steel takes a great edge. Yea, it does not last as long, but t is in a home environment, not on a line, and like the rest of you, I have many (too many) other knives to choose from!
 

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The spring steel is likely 65Mn, or maybe 1095, 5160, depends which spring steel did they source from.
 

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Basically, the steel is what ever they’ve found or rummaged.
 

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I've seen this chart before. But keep in mind, it's a very general guideline. Two of the same part coming from the same manufacturer can be made of different steels.

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When they first popped up they were 30 or less US retail. Surplus steel in Vietnam from parts unknown.
 

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When they first popped up they were 30 or less US retail. Surplus steel in Vietnam from parts unknown.
I have only seen them for 30 as seconds. I bought a batch of 10 directly without handles and they were $35 per. The reality is they perform above their price point. I can’t make a decent blade for less than they charge.
 

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I've seen this chart before. But keep in mind, it's a very general guideline. Two of the same part coming from the same manufacturer can be made of different steels.

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Great info!

I’m copying this!
 

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When they first popped up they were 30 or less US retail. Surplus steel in Vietnam from parts unknown.

I remember. Then CKTG picked them up and added their profit margin. … Then they were pushed i to upgrading handles and that added some $ too.

I lime the handle upgrades. Still a nice knife for the price!
 

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I have only seen them for 30 as seconds. I bought a batch of 10 directly without handles and they were $35 per. The reality is they perform above their price point. I can’t make a decent blade for less than they charge.
Just referring to the steel. Ive never owned one nor ever will. There was a discussion long ago about the recovered surplus steel. There was no definitive answer what it was nor where it came from.
 

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Just referring to the steel. Ive never owned one nor ever will. There was a discussion long ago about the recovered surplus steel. There was no definitive answer what it was nor where it came from.

Remember all those planes, helicopters and jeeps they pushed overboard? And the unexploded US ordinance? Could that all have been repurposed?

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Remember all those planes, helicopters and jeeps they pushed overboard? And the unexploded US ordinance? Could that all have been repurposed?

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Ha! All too well. Have to give credit to all those salvagers…… 155mm howitzer round free to good home, must pick up in person! 🤣🤣
 

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Ha! All too well. Have to give credit to all those salvagers…… 155mm howitzer round free to good home, must pick up in person! 🤣🤣

I think there might be a photo of Hanoi Jane posing with what was to become one of my knives.
😇
 

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I have one of their Chinese style cleavers and it has long been one of my favorites. So I don't really care where they source their surplus steel from.

I only care, and started the thread to identify the types of steel they call “leaf spring” and “pipeline.”

I have the Tall Nakiri. It’s like a light cleaver. I really like it too. You might like that as well.
 
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