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I was reading through a previous discussion about "Who Produces Stockman's Today?" and I now I'm curious about who uses the best steel? Lots of companies make pretty knives, but if I want a Stockman that is going to be my every day workhorse, that can "take a licking and keep on ticking", that will take a great edge and hold a great edge - who uses the best steel in a production Stockman today?
Heat treat can be the ultimate "equalizer" in the steels. It makes or breaks many companies, even those using quality steel.
In another discussion I recently talked about how RR amazes me with its heat treat. I realize they are all made in the same factory but face it rough rider uses many different steels. It does not seem to matter, they heat treat correctly. Although they are the offshore company that comes to mind for most, AG Russel always comes to mind for me also. I know that he and his wife and manager made many trips and worked hard at making sure HT and steels were done top notch before making the decision to go offshore with some production. They still, years down the line, hand inspect every knife before it is sold.
Offshore no longer has to be a death sentence for knife companies but managing QC from here can be challenging