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Knife Steel Index

  • The Knife Steel Index

    The Knife Steel Index

    To simplify understanding of how knife steel held within knives will behave we decided to create a "Knife Steel Index." The whole point is to use the correct steel for the correct types of blade depending on their usage. We...

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  • Wusdorf Steel 1.4116

    Wusdorf Steel 1.4116

    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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  • French Steel Maker, Bonpertuis

    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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  • CROMOVA 18

    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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  • 440C


    440C is ranked by the AISI as the steel most appropriate for knife making (the are also 440, 440A & 440B which don't cut the mustard. 440C is made by numerous knife makers around the world. Elements of steel (Linking...

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  • USA Steel - CPM S35VN

    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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  • 14C28N & 12C27N - Swedish Steel

    14C28N & 12C27N - Swedish Steel

    Sweden's premier steel to use when it comes to making knives is most likely regarded as 12C27 - a high end steel manufactured by Sandvik steels. Following on from 12C27N, Sandvik brewed another steel with a slightly higher carbon and chromium...

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  • AUS10


    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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  • VG10


    VG10 is made by Takefu Special Steel Company. VG10 or "V Gold 10" has become the worlds most popular high carbon yet anti-corrosive steel. It is used by most high end knife brands, blacksmiths and blade makers all over the...

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  • HAP40 - Tweaking the ingredients

    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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