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What is CROMOVA 18 Stainless Steel?CROMOVA 18 stainless steel is a proprietary Yoshikin high-carbon stainless steel with a special combination of Carbon, Chromium, Molybdenum, and Vanadium. The mixture of these elements gives CROMOVA 18 enough hardness to retain a sharp edge for a long time but still soft enough to gain a sharp edge using simple sharpening tools.  There exist claims that CRO and 18 in the name CROMOVA 18 are aimed at signifying the…

Rostfrei is a German word that means rust-free or stainless. Therefore, Rostfrei knife refers to a stainless steel knife made in Germany. Note that this is not a knife brand but simply a German Knife made with rust-free steel like 440A, 440B, or 420 stainless steel. The first Rostfrei knife in Germany was manufactured in Solingen by the Wusthof Company. The production of knives using stainless steel started in the 18th century, but Germany discovered…

420J2 steel is a low-end, general-purpose stainless steel from the 400 series. It is also referred to as 420B. This steel contains medium amounts of carbon and high amounts of chromium in its composition, making it high in corrosion resistance and easy to sharpen hence its popularity in knife making. 420J2 steel is used to make surgical knives, diving knives, barber or hairdresser shears, and budget knives for both outdoor and kitchen use. Initially, 420J2…

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