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One steel for the rest of your life. Which one and why?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by BrandoSpoke, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. BrandoSpoke


    Mar 14, 2017
    If you had to pick one steel that all your knives would be made of, all knives you buy in the future have that steel, and you're stuck with only that steel for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?

    I thought this would be fun plus I'm trying to learn the specifics of steels so this will be cool
  2. ATJ999

    ATJ999 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    If I could pick one for folders and one for fixed blades it would be. Folders- M390 Fixed- CPM 3V

    If it was just one overall, it would easily be CPM 3V. I have a 3 inch folder in 3V all the way up to a 22 inch blade slimline machete I beat the crap out of. Both perform amazingly well, and so do the other 6 3V blades I have in between. With the right HT it is very hard to beat as an all around blade steel.
  3. whitty

    whitty Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Aug 25, 2005
    In a folder it would be CTS-204P. Never seen used anything else like it. In a fixed blade I will have to think on that!
  4. evilgreg

    evilgreg Why so serious? Gold Member

    Dec 25, 2012
    440C, so I could earn the scorn of steel snobs on the Internet whenever I mentioned it, and so I could enjoy their amazement when I was still able to cut stuff. Also it's cheap and I'm pretty sure I could sharpen a 440C in pitch darkness using a coffee mug and still get it to shave.
  5. Hawkings


    Mar 31, 2006
    12C27 Decent preformence allround, and I'd still be able to touch up the kitchen knives the wife cuts into glass and metal with. with in a few minutes
  6. RamZar

    RamZar Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2013
    I'll take the similar M390/CTS-204P/CPM-20CV powdered stainless steels in all knives including fixed. Great corrosion resistance, tough and great edge/wear retention.
  7. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Well if this is magic land where there was only ever one steel then I choose 1095.
    It's easy to sharpen, holds a good edge, and takes a nice patina with use and age.
  8. JerryRig


    Mar 16, 2017
    I would have to go with 3V as well. I'm quite rough on my blades from time to time. 3V is very tough, easy enough to resharpen, and I don't mind a light patina. :cool:
  9. JerryRig


    Mar 16, 2017
    Although I said 3V in my response, I do love my 1095 blades. The edge almost comes back at the mere mention of a strop.
  10. Murdamook


    Nov 3, 2010
    1095 is my choice as well.
  11. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    M4 for me.
  12. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    Chalk up one more for M390/CTS204P/CPM20CV.
  13. SpySmasher

    SpySmasher Lead Guitar

    Sep 1, 2016
    Yeah, love the M390.
  14. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    M390 is great, I been meaning to try 3v it sounds amazing.
  15. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    But honestly, for fixed blades, I'd never complain if all I had was well heat-treated 1095.
  16. Gaston444


    Oct 1, 2014
    440 of Japanese origin of course, or similar Aus-6-8.

  17. Barman1

    Barman1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 21, 2013
    OP asked for 1 steel.
    I bet I could suffer through life using M390. ;)
    On everything.
  18. pascal.abi


    Jul 6, 2008
    cpm M4 !!!
  19. Sonnydaze

    Sonnydaze Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I've just gotten a bit acquainted with my S90V, and I am amazed. I love that stuff.
  20. TheChunk91

    TheChunk91 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 15, 2013
    Impossibru! 440C works about as well as a backwards chain on a chainsaw.

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