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Knife - Blades & Steels

  • French Steel Maker, Bonpertuis
    May 5, 2020

    French Steel Maker, Bonpertuis

    Bonpertuis, France Where and when was COMPANY founded? Bonpertuis was founded in 1434, more than 300 years before Australia was discovered and they still craft steel today.  Bonpertuis has roughly 130 employees who toil to make steel for a variety of...

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  • AUS10 / AUS8 / AUS6
    April 14, 2020

    AUS10 / AUS8 / AUS6

    These steels are made by Aichi Steel, a subsidiary of the Toyota group who manufacturers roughly 40% of Japanese steel. AUS10 is close to the VG10 however it has slightly less Chromium (1% less) and has added Manganese (0.5), Nickel...

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  • HAP40 - Tweaking the ingredients
    March 10, 2020

    HAP40 - Tweaking the ingredients

    HAP-40 is a recent reformation of ultra-hard knife blade steel. The changes are a reduction in Chromium (typically set 12-15% moved to 3.7-4.7%) which typically is used to improve corrosiveness and replacing it with increases in Cobalt, Vanadium, Tungsten and Molybdenum...

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  • USA Steel - CPM S35VN
    March 3, 2020

    USA Steel - CPM S35VN

    Companies such as Hudson Tool Steel Corporation & Crucible have crafted the S35VN or CPM S35VN. This is in turn one of the favorite metals used by blacksmiths in USA. You'll notice a higher Carbon concentration of 1.34% offset with...

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  • ZDP-189 / MC66 Steel - 3% Carbon Concentration
    March 2, 2020

    ZDP-189 / MC66 Steel - 3% Carbon Concentration

    ZDP-189 is an ultra high carbon steel knife manufactured by Hitachi Steel. ZDP is the highest carbon concentration (~3%) meaning it will be extremely hard (the hardest) blade tip on the planet however it will have slightly higher corrosion and...

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  • February 26, 2020

    Aogami - Blue Super Steel

    Aogami Blue Super Steel is another high end knife steel production by Hitachi. Aogami is a carbon driven steel so whilst it will be very hard it will also be more likely to be corrosive - so for these knives...

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  • CROMOVA 18
    February 10, 2020

    CROMOVA 18

    The CROMOVA18 is another classically crafted steel blended over the past few decades by master crafting factory Yoshikin. Yoshikin manufactures high grade steel for blades made possibly the worlds best known Japanese brand - Global Knives.  

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  • Euro Steel - 1.4116 - A Classic from the Swiss Army Knife
    February 1, 2020

    Euro Steel - 1.4116 - A Classic from the Swiss Army Knife

    Euro Steel, manufactured in Germany by companies like ThyssenKrupp Group or Eurotechni, has been used for many classic product likes Swiss army knives and classic wide spread, common knives such as the Wüsthof. It is referred to 1.1446 or X50CrMoV15. This is...

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