Rockwell Hardness Scale for Knives

Benchmade 60 Rockwell Hardness

If you are keen on knife specifications, you must have seen a number with RC or HRC after or before it, for example, 54 HRC or RC60. The numbers represent the Rockwell rating, a scale used to determine the hardness of a material. HRC or RC is the abbreviation for Rockwell Hardness Scale. So, what … Read more

CPM MagnaCut Steel Review

CPM MagnaCut steel

The steel was named MagnaCut to fit in the category of other high-speed steels from Vanadium Alloys Steel Company (VASCO) with Cut in their name. Magna is a Latin name that means awesome or great, therefore, it is awesome knife steel. CPM MagnaCut steel is the idea of Larrin Thomas, a renowned steel author but … Read more

Is CPM S30V Steel the best Knife Steel?

CPM S30V Review

It is often considered premium steel and highly preferred in the making of knives. To note, Crucible Particulate Metallurgy S30V (CPM S30V) and S30V are the same steel. In recent years, there have been advances to make the best combination of hardest, wear resistance, and corrosion resistance steel, and S30V powder steel is a product … Read more

6 New Knife Steels to look out for

New Knife Steels To Look Out For

Steel manufacturers are constantly refining the elements used in making steel to produce new and better steel. The new technologies in steel produce steel that performs well in all aspects including hardness, toughness, edge retention, and corrosion resistance. Here is a list of 6 new knife steels on the market with top performance. 1. CPM … Read more

14C28N vs D2

14C28N vs D2

Sandvik 14C28N steel is better than D2 steel in corrosion resistance and toughness. 14C28N is thus ideal for use in corrosive environments and challenging applications. D2 steel offers better edge retention and wear resistance than 14C28N. The difference in properties between 14C28N and D2 steel is very clear. However, to choose the best knife for … Read more

M390 vs S30V: Which Is Better?

M390 vs S30V

S30V knives are more popular than M390 knives. However, M390 knives offer better performance than S30V knives because they have better edge retention, wear resistance, and corrosion resistance. Both M390 and S30V feature almost the same level of toughness. When choosing between M390 steel and S30V steel, you must consider all their properties, including toughness, … Read more

Knife Tang Types: Everything You Need To Know Pros and Cons

Knife tang types

A knife tang is the invisible part of the knife blade that goes inside the handle. There are different types of knife tangs, including hidden tang, extended tang, rat-tail tang, and tapered tang. Each tang type has different effects on the knife and its use. The tang variations are categorized under two major categories, full … Read more

Vosteed Nightshade LT Version Review

Vosteed Nightshade

Yue Dong designed the Nightshade soon after he founded the Vosteed Company. The company has since manufactured other successful products, such as the chef’s knife.  Be it the kitchen series or the EDC knives, Vosteed have them.  Our review subject is the EDC Vosteed Nightshade LT version. Before this, Vosteed produced two other Nightshade versions. … Read more

CPM 154 vs. CPM 20CV Knives: Which is Better?

CPM 154 vs CPM 20CV

When choosing between CPM 154 and CPM 20CV knives, factors like edge retention, corrosion resistance, and toughness need to be considered. CPM 20CV knives are better in edge retention, wear resistance, and corrosion resistance while CPM 154 knives offer better toughness and are easier to sharpen.  The differences are a result of the elements in … Read more

AUS 8 vs D2: Which is better?

aus 8 vs d2

D2 steel is a high-end tool steel with higher Rockwell hardness and better edge retention than AUS 8 steel. AUS 8 steel is stainless steel, while D2 steel is non-stainless; thus, AUS 8 knives offer higher corrosion resistance.  When shopping for a cheap and rust-resistant knife with good toughness, go with the AUS 8. If … Read more

S45VN vs S30V: Which is Better?

S45VN VS S30V

S45VN is an improvement of S30V with better corrosion resistance and similar toughness. S30V offers better edge retention than S45VN. To choose between S45VN and S30V knives, you must look at the toughness, edge retention, corrosion resistance, and ease of sharpening. In this article, we discuss everything you need to know about S45VN and S30V … Read more

D2 vs. S35VN Knives: Which Is Better?

D2 vs S35VN

CPM S35VN knives are better than D2 knives because they are tougher, corrosion-resistant, and easier to sharpen. D2 knives rust faster than S35VN because D2 steel is semi-stainless steel. However, to choose between S35VN and D2 knives, you must consider how the toughness, edge retention, corrosion resistance, and ease of sharpening the steel affect the … Read more