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Old 03-18-2018, 10:38 AM
 
Location: NNJ
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For EDC (not necessarily collectors because they are generally used), I'd recommend looking on Ebay for TSA airport confiscations. I've found a few gems going that route.

Sometimes I buy a lot packaged and sell them individually keeping the one that I'm interested in. On a few occasions, the final cost is free... minus my time to resell the others of course.
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Old 03-18-2018, 12:46 PM
 
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A lot of Chinese knives use that steel because it is CHEAP. On a whim I bought a Chinese made Kershaw Injection 3.5. I figured for $13.99 on sale, I couldn't pass it up. iTunes is a high quality knife surprisingly. I haven't cut anything with it yet though. I will be interesting to see how the 8Cr13MoV holds an edge. In general Kershaw doesn't sell crap.
I am surprised to read this. I thought 8Cr13MoV is better than AUS8, 440C, etc.
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Old 03-18-2018, 01:22 PM
 
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I am surprised to read this. I thought 8Cr13MoV is better than AUS8, 440C, etc.
In my humble opinion a knife stainless steel better than AUS-8 simply does not exist for everyday knives. The only other steel I would even consider for any knife I own is plain old carbon steel.

They have "all the right stuff" for EDC for Joe Average.
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Old 03-18-2018, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I have a SOG Flash II with AUS-8 steel. It's stupid sharp but no telling how long that'll last since I put it away when I got my HK Turmoil.
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Old 03-18-2018, 01:47 PM
 
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It has a 2.7 inch blade, so it's legal virtually everywhere. Despite the short blade length I believe it is very effective. The number one reason I carry it is the 'wave' feature which makes getting it out very quick--quicker than an auto (switchblade) w/out the legal issues.
An interesting fact about knife blades.

A broad wide blade will have much better EDC performance than a blade with a narrow blade except for stabbing.
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Old 03-18-2018, 02:00 PM
 
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Very interesting steel on your knife, ATS-34. Sounds wicked.
ATS-34 has got to be the worst steel on the market for a knife.!!!!!

It can't be sharpened to a fine edge unless you own a power grinder. A lot of knife owners love it when they get a knife new but cuss up a blue streak when it comes time to sharpening that junk steel
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Old 03-18-2018, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Really? It's that bad? What I read sounded good. It was a left over metal from aerospace engineering when they switched to Titanium.
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Old 03-18-2018, 02:35 PM
 
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Really? It's that bad? What I read sounded good. It was a left over metal from aerospace engineering when they switched to Titanium.
Good for space ships........ bad,very bad for knife blades.
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:24 PM
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Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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An interesting fact about knife blades.

A broad wide blade will have much better EDC performance than a blade with a narrow blade except for stabbing.

Do you cut, slice or 'stab' with your edc blade?
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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8Cr13MoV is, I think, what Case used and still used for non-stainless knives. I have a knife with this steel from A.G.Russell, Chinese made, very nice knife, looks like "one of the crew" amongst Case and Queen knives, and came to me shaving sharp on all 3 blades (a stockman). I have not used the knife for any serious cutting, so can't comment on that yet. The Case alloy anyway is famous for holding an edge well, but not being hard to sharpen. Of course that is always a compromise, the longest edge holding knives are going to be the hardest to sharpen, or at least take the most work to sharpen, because both getting dull and being re-sharpened are a function of removing metal from the blade (mostly).

The alloy is just part of what makes a blade, the exact heat treat is also important.

This is an excellent thread, have learned some useful stuff.
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