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

Is Nitro V steel any good?

Nitro V steel

What is Nitro V steel? Nitro-V steel is a martensitic stainless steel with high chromium percentage and nitrogen in its alloy composition. Nitro V is a relatively new stainless steel introduced on the market in 2017 by New Jersey Steel Baron. It is an improved version of AEB-L, with added nitrogen and vanadium to get … Read more

20CV vs S30V: Which Is Better?

20CV vs M390

20CV steel is a superior steel to S30V steel for a variety of reasons. In this article, we will be comparing 20CV steel and S30V steel in terms of composition, toughness, edge retention, corrosion resistance, ease of sharpening, and price. 20CV steel and S30V steel are two popular CPM stainless steels widely used in the … Read more

S35VN vs S30V: Which is better?

S30V vs S35VN

If you’re in the market for a new knife, you’ve probably come across S30V steel and S35VN steel. These are two popular stainless steel options that are widely used by most knifemakers including Spyderco, CIVIVI, and Cold Steel. However, many people have a hard time choosing between these two knife steels. It can be tough … Read more

M390 Vs CPM 3V: Which is better?

M390 Vs CPM 3V

In this article, we will compare M390 Steel and CPM 3V Steel in terms of composition, toughness, edge retention, corrosion resistance, ease of sharpening, and price. M390 and CPM 3V are both popular steels that are used in the manufacture of knives and other cutting tools.  Bohler M390 steel is known for its excellent wear … Read more

M390 vs S45VN: which is better?

M390 vs S45VN

Two popular blade choices among professionals and enthusiasts are S45VN steel and M390 steel. Both are known for their exceptional performance and durability, but how do they compare to each other?  In this article, we will compare S45VN steel and M390 steel in terms of composition, toughness, edge retention, corrosion resistance, ease of sharpening, and … 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 new knife steels: 1. CPM MagnaCut (best All round) MagnaCut is a … 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