All purpose fixed blade steel?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by rodriguez7, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. mmarkh


    Jul 16, 2005
    O1 is some great steel.:thumbup:
  2. crocogator106

    crocogator106 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    Best advice yet! Personally I'd go with "good ole" 1095.
  3. T.L.E. Sharp

    T.L.E. Sharp Oatmeal Pecan is better than Chocolate-chip. Platinum Member

    Jun 30, 2016
    If I'm paying someone to make me a custom product, I hope they know more about said product than I do. So I'll take whatever they recommend.

    As far as the 4 steels listed go, I love 52100 so I'd generally pick it. As has already been stated though, steel type is only one variable.

    I don't know how to heat treat, but I have a belt grinder. I could make you a knife out of M390, but it's not likely to perform any better than Buck's 420hc.(probably much worse.)
  4. rodriguez7

    rodriguez7 Gila wilderness knife works

    Feb 1, 2009
    I'm leaning more towards 52100. Anyone have any experience with this steel in a skinning knife? Wondering how the edge retention is with a good heat treat?
  5. KBA


    Apr 27, 2014
    It's what I use but the geometry of it also matters. Contact knife maker G.L. Drew here on the forum. He uses 52100 and will teach you all about it. His 52100 is highly praised as well
  6. Neo


    Sep 12, 2002
    52100 would have the best edge retention but most prone for oxidation
    A2 and O1 are almost identical, good al-round steel, tougher bit less edge retention (maybe A2 is a bit less oxidation sensitive than O1)
    80crv2 is the toughest of the 4.
  7. me2


    Oct 11, 2003
    If you got 4 unmarked blades in O1, 52100, A2, & 80CrV2, I think it would be blind luck if you could tell which was which, aside from A2 being a bit more corrosion resistant

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