What is HRC for Knives? What is the Best Rockwell Hardness for Knife?

When looking for a new knife, you might have noticed the term Rockwell hardness (or its abbreviation “HRC” or “RC”) in different knife descriptions. This simply denotes the hardness of the steel used for the knife blade. Hardness is an important attribute that affects knife performance. This post will get deeper into everything you need to […]

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What is CruWear Steel?

The pain is real when you want to know about blade steel but can’t get any good information. You scan through steel forums, blogs for hours and get loads of opinions about the steel from knife users who don’t seem to agree on everything. The same case applies to Cruwear steel. It has countless opinions from […]

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How Good is 4034 Steel?

If you’re new to the knife world, or simply less knowledgeable about blade steels, and you come across a 4034 stainless steel with a good price point, you’ll instantly get curious about this steel grade and want to know more about its performance. If that’s what you’re going through right now, we have done lots of […]

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How Good is AEB L Steel?

Are you planning to use AEB-L steel to make a knife but feel that you first need to know more about this steel? If yes, the following AEB-L steel review is for you. We have collected opinions of knife steel experts and knife makers, distilled it, and coupled it with our own research about this […]

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What is ZDP-189 Steel?

ZDP-189 is Japanese steel boasting extreme hardness and superior edge holding capabilities. And Spyderco is one of the top brands making efforts to introduce this steel to the US soil. If you’re looking at a knife from Spyderco featuring this steel and asking yourself if it’s a good investment, you should read this ZDP-189 steel […]

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What is CPM S35VN Steel?

You’ve probably heard it a million times…that the steel used to make a blade directly influences the knife performance. If you’re planning to buy an s35vn steel knife, we strongly advise you to first read our complete s35vn steel review below to gain more insights into what this steel is all about and whether it […]

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Is D2 Steel Good for Knives?

You’re looking at a knife with good reviews and features. And it features a blade made from D2 steel. Because you’re no metallurgist or you simply haven’t had any personal experience with kind of steel before, you start wondering if it’s any good for your knife blade. The truth about D2 is it’s one of the […]

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Is 440A Good Knife Steel?

So you just ran across a 440A stainless steel knife and you feel it could be a potential choice for you. But you haven’t used this steel before and not sure it will meet your needs. You’re wondering how strong is 440 stainless steel, how is its edge retention, corrosion resistance, and if it can […]

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