Really? Is this the best steel for my knife?!


“Sorry, I am busy”. Nowadays, you hear this so often from a colleague, friend, or family member. You start to wonder why people are so busy these days. A hectic work life with crazy hours is not unusual. Juggling endless demanding workload, household chores, and family issues, people seemed to hardly have time for themselves. To take a break away from all this modern noise, some people choose to get out and enjoy nature. The great outdoors appears to be a stress relief for many, is like a great escape of some sort. And according to some experts, people who enjoy outdoor activities tend to be more productive and relaxed. In the long term, it is beneficial in the health and mental well being.

There is a recent uptick trend in the popularity of outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and other activities. And this surge has also driven up the demand for outdoor essential tools and equipment. And the most important tool that one MUST have before one venture into their outdoor trip is non other than the survival knife.

We have always stressed the importance of getting a quality survival knife. What makes a good survival knife? Everyone has their preferences for choosing their perfect survival knife. It all depends on personal tastes. A standard code of practice is to purchase a quality blade based on the material or types of steel.

Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon. It contains less than 2% carbon and 1% manganese and some small amounts of silicon, phosphorus, sulfur, and oxygen. Different types of blade use different types of steel. Check out the categories of steel - carbon steel, stainless steel, and tool steel.

Carbon steel is easy to sharpen. It is stronger and more durable because it is high in carbon and low in chromium content. Sounds almost perfect. There is a downside.  When exposed to moisture, it corrodes and rusts easily. Today, it is the most basic steel used to manufacture knives.

Tool steel is a carbon alloy steel. It is tough and resistant to softening at elevated temperatures. This steel is the first choice for tool manufacturing due to its hardness and resistance to abrasion. For example, cutting tools, hand tools, or machines die. Another plus point is its ability to retain shape at increased temperatures.

Stainless steel is an alloy of iron and contains an additional 11% chromium that makes it resistant to corrosion and oxidation. This composition prevents it from rusting easily and is a favorite among knife collectors.

So much so for the categories of steel and their unique qualities and strengths, but this is NOT all! We will breakdown and zoom into the popular knife steels such as D2, VG10, 440C, 8Cr13MoV, and more. Keep following our knife stories.

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