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You must have heard about sharpening angles if you are learning knife sharpening skills. Selecting the right sharpening angle is an important step in knife sharpening because it determines the blade’s sharpness and durability. So, what is the best angle to sharpen a knife? The best angle to sharpen a knife depends on how you intend to use the knife, the thickness of the blade, the steel used to make the blade, the sharpening tools…

Damascus steel and carbon steel make among the most popular knives on the market. Whether you are a first-time knife shopper or an experienced knife user wondering which is better, you are at the right place. So, which is better, Damascus steel or carbon steel? Damascus steel and carbon steel are made following different manufacturing processes, which result in different properties and performances. Damascus steel is made by folding iron and steel layers together, resulting…

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 is the Rockwell Hardness Scale? The Rockwell Hardness Scale is a technique to measure the hardness of the steel used…

Aogami steel and Shirogami steel are the main types of Japanese steel. They are used to make the best kitchen knives on the market, but there are major differences between them. Aogami is blue paper steel, while Shirogami is white paper steel. The white and blue names result from the paper used to wrap the blades after forging. The main difference between Aogami and Shirogami is the chemical composition and carbon content. Aogami contains more…

What is CPM Rex T15 Steel?CPM Rex T15 is high-speed tungsten steel manufactured following the Crucible Particle Metallurgy (CPM) process. It contains high amounts of Vanadium and Carbon, which gives it excellent wear and abrasion resistance. The high Tungsten content greatly improves the red hardness of Rex T15 Steel. Because of its high quality and grind ability, CPM Rex T15 steel is designed to make tools for use in difficult operations that produce high frictional…

As knife users, we are faced with the dilemma of choosing between carbon steel knives and stainless steel knives. The benefits and disadvantages of carbon and stainless steel knives is an ongoing debate, and it can make choosing a knife very difficult because each side has valid points. In this article, we look at the qualities, pros, and cons of carbon and stainless steel knives to help you choose the right one for you. What…

Solingen steel refers to the types of steel used by Solingen makers to manufacture their cutting blades. Solingen is a city in Germany known for manufacturing fine-cutting tools. Solingen city has been known to make premium cutlery and kitchen knives for decades and is known as“The City of Blades.” To maintain their reputation, Solingen makers only use the best steel on the market for their creations. For steel to qualify as a Solingen steel, it…

What is ApexUltra steel?ApexUltra steel is new low alloy steel developed by  Dr. Larrin Thomas, Marco Guldimann, and Tobias Hangler. It is a forging steel with good edge retention, toughness and has a very fine microstructure that makes it easy to sharpen and finish.  ApexUltra also stands out for its excellent toughness, associated with its balanced alloy composition and purity. The steel is suitable for manufacturing culinary knives, carving knives, camping knives, and knives with…

What is CPM 15V Steel?CPM 15V steel is a high carbon, high vanadium tool steel produced by Crucible industries following Crucible Particle Metallurgy. It contains more Vanadium than its predecessor, CPM 10V, and has one of the highest amounts of Vanadium (14.50%) of all CPM tool steels. 15V is made for applications that require exceptional wear resistance. It has solid carbides that can withstand high wear resistance application. 15V steel is used to make punches,…

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