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

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

  1. jpm2


    Nov 19, 2014
    I'll throw one out there that hasn't been mentioned.
    M2 would be my choice for every knife I have, with m4 a distant 2nd.
  2. 1234

    1234 Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 13, 2005
  3. jfk1110

    jfk1110 Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 9, 2013
    Definitely Fallkniven' s Lam CoS steel. Easy to sharpen. Holds edge for a good long time. Most responsive to stropping than any other steel I've had. Hands down my favorite.
  4. Bill1170


    Dec 20, 2007
    So many great steels out there today. Of the ones I use, I'd have to choose M390. It is balanced, great corrosion resistance and edgeholding. It takes a wicked sharp edge, too.
  5. jumpstat


    Mar 9, 2007
    CPM S35VN for folders and CPM 3V for Fixed blades.
  6. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    If we're talking what works at a persistently obtuse approach and execution, I change my choice to G-444.

    That one never fails to deliver.
  7. Therom


    Nov 13, 2013
    Based on my experience so fat i will take m390

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  8. Cursum Perficio

    Cursum Perficio Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 27, 2012
  9. Pomsbz


    Jul 31, 2015
    154 in any variant or similar steels (VG-10/ATS-34). Holds a good edge, nicely stainless, easy enough to sharpen.
  10. Popsickle


    Jul 25, 2010
    As of this moment..... S30v. I would have a much wider variety of folders to purchase.

    I think it will be awhile before we see M390/204p/20cv being used by all knife companies in their ENTIRE product line. Yes some knife companies are releasing knives with those steels, but majority wise we're still seeing 154cm/vg10/s30v as favorites and some companies going to s35vn. Look at benchmade, spyderco, crk, strider, and hinderer as perfect examples of this.

    The pioneer of steel in the knife industry is without a doubt Spyderco. Regular production S110V is insane.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2017
  11. Eagle Scout

    Eagle Scout

    Mar 10, 2010
    An interesting element of the knife hobby is watching the evolution of materials over time - how they are adopted and implemented.

    Made the transition from 3V to M390 for my primary trail & camp knife and from ELMAX to M390 for my EDC folder.
  12. ToxicBot11


    Apr 28, 2013
  13. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    With all the talk of s30v and s35vn, I m surprised no on has mentioned cts xhp.
  14. craytab

    craytab Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    When ruining the edge of a chopper there is no finer steel.

    Seriously though, I'd go with delta 3v from cpk. Honorable mention goes to S35vn.
  15. jpm2


    Nov 19, 2014
    I'm liking it, moving up fast on my A list..
  16. jonnieb27


    Sep 13, 2008
  17. ThePeacent


    Sep 15, 2013
    H1 for me


    everything I need, nothing I don't

  18. Matador


    Jul 16, 2006
    I'd be fine with S30V since it's mostly what I own and I don't plan on purchasing new knives anytime soon.
  19. T.K.C.


    May 7, 2005
    What I like is an alloy. I very much like Talonite/ Stellite, for it's corrosion resitance & wear resistance. THAT is what I woudl choose.
  20. PatrickKnight


    Jan 24, 2012
    52100 for me as well

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