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

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

  1. Dantone05


    Dec 31, 2014
    Exactly this!
  2. jaypowell0185


    May 28, 2013
    S30V plain and simple
  3. 353

    353 Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 20, 2015
    Yeah, this sounds reasonable.
  4. fielder


    Jan 25, 2011
    This. Tough for a stainless, easy to sharpen, and, of course, stainless!
  5. The Mastiff

    The Mastiff Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 21, 2006
    CPM Cruwear or PD#1/Z wear etc.

    It works great anywhere from rc 58 to rc 64 and can be heat treated for toughness or higher abrasive wear resistance by using different heat treats.It can do anything I'm likely to need done. Alternately 3V, up to 4V or Vandis 4E can work for my needs. CPM M4 is also one of my favorites and can be pretty high all around performance wise but is about as high a carbide fraction as I would choose for a "one steel for life" scenario.

  6. 115Italian


    Nov 13, 2015
  7. sfrigon1


    Oct 2, 2016
    Cpm 154 all around beast !
  8. OddBlade


    Sep 6, 2015
    Not an advocate of any steel in particular, If there was only 1 steel available and all knives were made with this 1 steel whatever that steel is I wouldn't sleep any differently.
  9. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    My current favorite is LC200N. Fully stainless, easy to sharpen, taking a great edge with decent edge retention. I think I could live with just this steel. M390 is close second.

  10. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    Too many to mention.
  11. abcdef


    Oct 28, 2005
    Interesting and subjective. I have no answer. It seems worth noting that 440C, 1095 and Sandvik have started out so well against the latest and greatest.
  12. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    I can't decide between my original favorite s90v or the newer super steels I've been using like m390, m4, maxamet.

    I love all 4 and im sure there are more I might like that I haven't tried like rex121 etc.
  13. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
  14. redsquid2

    redsquid2 Добрая Росомаха Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 31, 2011
    I'll go with A2. Easy to sharpen to a wicked edge, and it holds an edge. I don't mind keeping it clean and dry, don't care that it is not stainless.

    If it was a stainless steel, I would go with 154CM.

    I don't have any experience with "super steels."
  15. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    For light use folders and EDC type fixed blades, I would choose CPM 154. It is relatively easy to sharpen and holds a keen edge long enough with use.
    For larger fixed blades, I'm not sure but I suspect it would be CPM 3V as it is tough enough. But I don't own a 3V blade. I'm pretty content with D2.
  16. TX180SX

    TX180SX Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    From the knives in my use it would be M390, holds an edge for a long while.
  17. Raz94


    Jan 3, 2016
    M4 since it holds a super fine edge for ever and sharpens up with not too much trouble

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  18. XtianAus

    XtianAus Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2016
    Another vote for 3v & M390
  19. W.M.B.


    Oct 11, 2013

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  20. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    Another M390 fan here.

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