Safe maker and steel tiger

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Hi guys, my first thread. The safe makers, steel tiger and I think the counter tac boot knives were previously made in Japan with VG-1. They are now made in AUS-8A. I am not sure but I think they are also made in Taiwan.

I have a safe keeper 2 in AUS-8A and a steel tiger in VG-1. I am interested in the safe maker but I'm not sure if I want another push dagger with the same steel and also made in Taiwan. Does anyone have experience with the old Japan VG-1 vs new AUS-8A in Taiwan? I like the price but I don't know if the safe keeper and safe maker are too similar now.
 
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Cold Steel usually does a great job on their steel . Only problem I ever had with their AUS8 was on the bead blasted finish that could develop some small stain spots if not protected . Easy to polish out and to prevent .

On these small SD knives , a "super steel" is not necessary .

On a push knife , even their Grivory models would function adequately for their primary purpose .
 
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Yeah I know you are right! I actually just wanted to talk myself out of it because I'm pretty much broke. But with that price it haunts me not to buy one
 
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nothing to add to what DocJD said, these are beauties and will perform adequately in any steel you choose

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and I've only gotten problems from their AUS8 in bead blasted (Ti-Lite, mainly) models as well
 
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I like the overall looks and pointier tip on the safe maker more than the safe keeper. Although I am not a huge fan of the chisel grind on the safe maker, that's why I want both
 
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I've been looking for a Safe Maker 1 for months now, but the big river store doesn't seem to carry them anymore for some reason.
 
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