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What is Vanadis 4E Steel?Vanadis 4E steel is an excellent Powder Metallurgy tool steel manufactured by Uddeholm. The steel is referred to as Vanadis 4 Extra as it is an improved version of the previous version known as Vanadis 4. It is a versatile tool steel that combines excellent wear resistance and toughness.  Vanadis 4E steel is great knife steel that offers a more balanced approach to toughness, edge retention, and corrosion resistance. The steel…

What is Z-Max steel?Z-Max steel is super high-speed steel manufactured by Zapp Tooling Alloys Inc, following the powder metallurgy process. It is extremely hard because it contains high amounts of Tungsten, and as a result, its blades offer outstanding edge retention and wear resistance.  Z-Max steel is referred to as Z-Max PM steel with the PM signifying the powder metallurgy production process which enables the formation of a huge percentage of uniform carbides. Z-max steel…

What is INFI Steel?INFI steel is a proprietary non-stainless steel exclusively manufactured by Busse Combat Knife Co. INFI steel is known for its exceptional toughness due to its fine-grained microstructure and is well suited for heavy-duty knives. There have been two versions of INFI steel. The older version contained nitrogen elements for hardening because it contained low amounts of carbon. The current INFI steel does not contain nitrogen and cobalt. It depends on carbon and vanadium…

What is MC63 Steel?MC63 steel is a fine-grained high carbon high chromium stainless steel produced following the powder metallurgy process. Henckels uses Takefu SG2 steel under the MC63 steel name to produce some of its Miyabi kitchen knife line.  MC63 steel produces long-lasting, corrosion-resistant, and tough knife blades with the proper heat treatment and tempering. It is also used to manufacture surgical knives and razor blades because it offers excellent corrosion resistance and retains an…

What is 13C26 Steel?Sandvik 13C26 Steel is a carbon stainless steel manufactured by Sandvik Steel. It is a clean alloy with very few impurities and does not contain elements like Vanadium. Its pure chemical composition gives it an extra-fine grain structure. 13C26 is used to make high-end kitchen knives, surgical knives, and razor blades Other manufacturers have also adopted Sandvik’s 13C26 Steel under different proprietary naming. The most common is Henckel’s in their Miyabi Kitchen…

What is H2 Steel?Spyderco H2 steel is austenitic stainless steel a replacement for Spyderco H1 steel. Like most industries, the steel industry in Japan was negatively affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, and as a result, Spyderco could not continue with the production of H1 steel.  Although it is a huge loss to the steel industry, there is a positive side because Spyderco, in partnership with other steel manufacturing partners in Japan, has developed H2…

What is K720 Steel?K720 steel is a high carbon tool steel manufactured by Bohler Industries, its alloying composition is highly comparable to AISI O2 tool steel. It is popularly used as knife steel to make survival knives, fixed blades, and bushcraft knives. K720 tool steel is a good steel choice for outdoor knives because offers all-round balanced performance in terms of edge retention, toughness, and ease of sharpening. Its well-rounded performance is enhanced by the balance…

What is 19C27 Steel?Sandvik 19C27 steel is high carbon pure alloy stainless steel manufactured by Sandvik Materials Technology in Sweden. 19C27 is also referred to as Swedish steel. It is popularly used in the Japanese knife-making industry and offers high wear resistance because of its coarse-grained structure.  However, it does not perform very well in various aspects like edge retention and corrosion resistance, so the manufacturer recommends a corrosion-resistant coating on the blades to prevent…

What type of steel is 1084 Steel?1084 steel is high carbon low alloy steel that is part of the 10XX series steel, excellent for knife and sword making. The 84 in its name is intended to signify 0.84% weight percent of the steel is Carbon. It is recommended for beginners in knife making because it is accessible and easy to work with. 1084 steel soaks up heat very fast, even without advanced heat treatment equipment. …

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