What was the first knife steel you fell in love with and still use to this day?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by AshesFall, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. rxavage


    Aug 16, 2014
    I didn't even care about steel until I found this site like 8 years ago, then it was elmax
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  2. GB940Rookie

    GB940Rookie Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2016
    1095, KA-BAR USMC, 1980
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  3. jacksterp

    jacksterp Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Another vote for 1095.
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  4. Velitrius

    Velitrius Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2000
    1095 from various knife manufacturers was always a favorite.

    When I "discovered" VG-10 and ATS-34 I sought them out pretty regular.

    I still prefer these 3 over a lot of other stuff.
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  5. T. Erdelyi

    T. Erdelyi Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    My first Benchmade was an AFO bought while working in a state where it was legal to buy and own one. It had ATS 34 for the blade and it made me fore proficient in freehand sharpening and forced me to finally buy some diamond hones to maintain the harder alloyed steels.

    (ETA: TL;DR

    BG 42 and S35VN were cool steel alloys that changed how I looked at what I came to expect in the performance of my knives.)

    ETA: Director’s Cut ... ;)

    BG 42 got me interested in custom knives and premium steels. It also began my interest what different alloys do to enhance different properties of steel and how it changes its structure.

    S35VN was the steel that taught me what a joy an alloyed steel, custom taylored for the knife industry could be to use and maintain.

    I bore the heck outta the Mrs when I start tryin’ to discuss the merits of high carbon vs stain resistant steel to her and arguin’ with the YouTube guy on the tv about the difference between Spyderco’s H1 and David Boye's Dendritic Cobalt alloy for use in highly corrosive environments.

    I’m constantly hearing about old new and new old steels. M390 even though very similar to Elmax intrigued me and I’ve been itching to try some and the other steel that peaks my curiosity is the CTS-XHP some of the companies have tried, basically a better D2 than D2 is. :) (~);-}
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  6. midnight flyer

    midnight flyer Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Throw me in with the 1095 and 10XX crowd. Started carrying it in the early 60s, and all my "fun" knives were 1095, then so were my work knives for a couple of decades after that. I always carried CASE folders, but my favorite hunting knives were a Schrade "Golden Spike" in 10XX, and a very early Buck in 440C.

    Still have most of my folders from those days, and although I carry all manner of stainless these days, when the weather turns cooler and I don't sweat through my jeans I still love to carry some of those old carbon work knives. They still work great at work, just like they did 50 years ago. Carrying that old carbon takes me back to those days and makes me smile.

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  7. ndmiller

    ndmiller Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 30, 2015
    ATS-34 from REKAT, back in the 90's I think. REKAT's long gone and I've sold a few over the years, but the ones I kept keep trucking. Newest loves are S35VN & 3V, but honorable mention D2 & high carbons (A2/O1) as well.
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  8. Tundraman


    Sep 29, 2018
    I will add to the Buck 420 crowd. My first 110 in 1983 at the age of 13. Took me a few years to really put that knife to work, but it was always a pleasure when I could get it out and do some cuttin'. It has been in the vault with the collection, but there have been quite a few 440c Buck's purchased because of that first one.
  9. jpm2


    Nov 19, 2014
    M2 was my first production blade super steel, and 25 years later it's still better than 95% of what's out there (production wise).
  10. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
  11. afishhunter


    Oct 21, 2014
    Not sure I've ever "fell in love" with a blade steel. I guess you could say I'm a tramp. I use whatever knife is "best" for the job, regardless of what the blade is made of.
    Heck, on a few of my knives, I have no idea what steel was used. (I know the manufacturer did not use "Unobtanium" though.)
    All I know is they do the task at hand, when I use them.

    I'm still using the same steels as when I was a youngling: 1095 or some other 10xx carbon steel, 440A ...
    Mainly because I prefer a multi-blade traditional slipjoint, and generally speaking, they are not available with the modern "super steels".

    Truth to tell, that does not hurt my feelings none. The 10xx, 440A, and Buck's 420HC continues to cut, whittle, slice, or skin everything I need a knife to cut, whittle, slice or skin. :)
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  12. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I like whatever Buck used in the early seventies but, when I got back into knives a few years ago
    I was amazed with all the steel hype going on. 440 steel I knew but what is all this A, B, and C stuff? And, what’s BG 42, ATS-34,
    and D2?

    Two steels stepped to the forefront for me. Sandvik 14C28N
    became my favorite budget steel.
    And, Benchmade’s use of 154cm helped me learn that I don’t need the latest blade steel. Some of my favorite knives are 154cm.

    I think Sandvik 14C28N is my all time favorite because it’s easy to work with and you can get an unbelievable fine edge on it.
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  13. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    That is how I feel about D2.
  14. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 1, 2013
    My first was a Buck 110 in 1975 made of 440C and as a maker, I Still use 440C in a couple of my Culinary knife patterns and have the Buck facility in Idaho, HT those and all of my Stainless knife steels..
  15. Kaizen1

    Kaizen1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2006

  16. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Probably 1095 and 420HC used in slip joints. I honestly never paid any attention to steels until joining Blade Forums. I judged by price.
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  17. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
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  18. Polzeyboy

    Polzeyboy CHEEKY BUGGER

    Jan 9, 2020
    You started at the top then. :D
  19. Addicted_to_Knives

    Addicted_to_Knives Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 29, 2018
    m390 on my Benchmade Barrage...
  20. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Well, it wasn't really the first, but it was the steel of the knife I bought when I fell seriously into knives.
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