The online community of knife collectors, A Knife Family Forged in Steel
so since i got so much great response in my last post asking what type of knives you would like to see when i put up my webpage (by the way i am a little behind schedual due to some un related situations but everything should be up by mid feb.!!!) Anyway so far with my folders i have been using 2 different steels 440c and cpm s35vn. Now performance wise s35vn wins hands down. I have also been using some damasteel and stainless Damascus made by a great Damascus maker mike noris. So its getting time to order more steel. Deffinitly going to order more s35vn but i also want to get a bar of a new steel and learn to properly heat treat that steel (every steel is a little different) So at first i was thinking of CTS-XHP because it seems to be popular however it seems to be hard to find right now a few places are out of it and some don't even carry it. the one place i did find seemed to be over priced. So i did some researching and found that Elmax has a different makeup but as far as useability and performance it is supposed to be very very close to cts-xhp. I have also happened to find Vanax. wich i had never heard about before and doing some reading its supposed to be a small step up from elmax....now i will be the first to admit i am NOT a metallurgist so looking at the makeup and trying to figure out in my head how it should perform doesn't work for me i read all i can on people opinions and then i try it....i try different ways of heat treating and work out wich works best then work on it and work on it until its the best that i can make it......Ok so anyway for all my blabbing i wanted to know what YOU guys think and it doesn't have to be on the steels that i mentioned....what steel are the knives you like best and why? everything with steel and heat treating is about trade offs you just cant have the best of everything all in one steel so what specific points mean the most to you...Edge holding? Toughness? Corrosion resistence? ease of sharpening? Ect....i am very curious as to what steel your favorite knife is made from!