Steels like 14C28N or AEB-L do not have a molybdenum addition and are therefore sometimes difficult to achieve high hardness levels with large vacuum furnaces. There’s a 4-inch or 6-inch version — both come in either budget or premium builds. Cold Steel Folding Knives are legendary. The handle is durable Kray-Ex that keeps the hand firmly in place. A pommel at the handle also keeps the knife from flying out of your hand.

When you combine design, materials, and value, the Finn Bear is a big win for Cold Steel. This is a knife people have raved about all over the internet, so it’s an easy addition.

The toughness is similar to steels with lower carbon content like 420HC but with higher potential hardness. So CruWear is conventional CruWear not CPM CruWear. As a lightweight fixed blade, the Kobun is an easily concealable knife with a 5.5-inch blade made from AUS8A steel.

If you have followed Survival Lilly on YouTube, you’ll notice she loves this knife and uses it until its destruction (literally). There are other steels I didn’t test like AUS-6, AUS-8, or 8Cr13Mov, but those steels are unlikely to have a better combination of properties than 14C28N. The ~8% Cr steels like A8Mod, Sleipner, and CruWear manage a pretty good balance of properties along with also having some corrosion resistance. These steels offer a bit more edge retention than the simple carbon series and can be quenched a bit slower. The blade is slightly smaller at 3.5 inches and it has a thumb plate that allows the knife to be engaged by pulling it out of the pocket in one smooth motion. With low carbide contents the carbides can be kept small even without powder metallurgy. 5) There are also bonus points if the steel can be sharpened with cheap abrasives. State, Territory or the District of Columbia ordering, procuring, or purchasing such knives in the Worrying about whether or not a nickel addition to a steel like 15N20 or a chromium addition to 52100 will improve corrosion resistance would still put the steels well below even high alloy non-stainless steels like A2.

Also in a recent article there were new tests by knifemaker Marco Guldimann where the toughness of 1.2562 was improved. I think these steels are appropriate for either knife manufacturers or custom makers so I don’t think there’s much reason to differentiate in that respect. Despite the improved corrosion resistance, it is still capable of similar hardness (above 62 with cryo), and in CATRA testing it even had slightly improved edge retention. Low alloy steels in production knives tend to be 10XX (1055, 1095, etc) and simple variants like 1095CV. 5201 Lad Land Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 - 800.338.6799 (Phone Orders Welcome), Cold Steel 95FB Pocket Bushman Folding Knife 4.5" 4116 Stonewashe…, Cold Steel 26SP Ti-Lite Folding Knife 4" Satin Plain Blade, Zy-Ex…, Cold Steel 20MT Mini Tuff Lite Folding Knife 2" Wharncliffe Blade…, Cold Steel 26SXP Ti-Lite Folding Knife 6" Plain Satin Blade, Zy-E…, Cold Steel 20LT Tuff Lite Folding Knife 2.5" Plain Blade, Grivory…, Cold Steel 20NPF Finn Wolf Folding Knife 3.5" Blade, OD Green Gri…, Cold Steel 27TDS Micro Recon 1 Spear Point 2" AUS8 Plain Blade, G…, Cold Steel 20LTS Tuff Lite Folding Knife 2.5" Serrated Blade, Gri…, Cold Steel 92EAA FGX Balisong Butterfly Knife 5" Double Serrated …, Cold Steel 20NQX Large Luzon Flipper Knife 6" Plain Blade, Black …, Cold Steel 54VPM Lucky One Gentleman's Pen Knife 3.25" Closed, S3…, Cold Steel 58SQ Demko AD-15 Scorpion Lock Folding Knife 3.68" S35…, Cold Steel 20NQL Medium Luzon Flipper Knife 4" Plain Blade, Black…, Cold Steel 21TU Storm Cloud Folding Knife 3.5" CPM-20CV Satin Pla…, Cold Steel 22KFS Tiger Claw Folding Karambit 3" CTS-XHP Serrated …, Cold Steel 62L SR1 Folding Knife 4" S35VN Clip Point Blade, OD Gr…, Cold Steel 20LTB Tuff Lite Folding Knife 2.5" Plain Blade, Blue G…, Cold Steel 54VPN Lucky Two Blade Gentleman's Pen Knife 3.25" Clos…, Cold Steel 92EAB FGX Balisong Butterfly Knife 5" Tanto Griv-Ex (H…, Cold Steel 10AB Counter Point 1 Folding Knife 4" Japanese AUS-10A…, Cold Steel 20MWC Crawford Model 1 Flipper Knife 3.5" 4034 Clip Po…, Cold Steel 28DD Demko AD-10 Folding Knife 3.5" S35VN Drop Point B…, Cold Steel 62LA SR1 Folding Knife 4" S35VN Tanto Blade, OD Green …, Cold Steel 20LTG Tuff Lite Folding Knife 2.5" Plain Blade, OD Gre…, Cold Steel 26B6 Ti-Lite Folding Knife 6" S35VN Plain Blade, Black…, Cold Steel 27BT Recon 1 Tanto Folding Knife 4" S35VN Black DLC Pl…, Cold Steel 20KK Kudu Ring Lock Folding Knife 4.25" 5Cr15MoV Clip …, Cold Steel 20LTR Tuff Lite Folding Knife 2.5" Plain Blade, Red Gr…, Cold Steel 20NPJAA 1911 Flipper Knife 3" 4034 Clip Point Blade, G…, Cold Steel 27BC Recon 1 Clip Point Folding Knife 4" S35VN Black D….
Some knife manufacturers will use something like O1 or 52100. COUNTER TAC II. Steels like 8670 or 1080 are relatively easy to heat treat even without controlled furnaces. As budget-minded buyers probably also look for budget sharpening stones. I wrote about the history of these steels and their properties in this article. Item No. There is also a thumb plate that acts as a Wave-like mechanism to open the knife in one swift motion. 6) And there are bonus points if the steel is easy to grind and polish for the knife manufacturer or custom maker. The handle is G-10 and boasts some helpful ergonomics.
It has aggressive G-10 for an even more secure grip, though some have complained about pocket wear from sliding it into the pocket. In spite of this fact the great design and comfortable handle of the Quicksilver Bowie make it well worth it’s bargain bin price tag. Now with S35VN steel, the Black Talon II is one of Cold Steel’s finest. It just does not. 114 product(s) found. Blue Super is expensive to obtain outside of Japan and 1.2562 is difficult and expensive to obtain anywhere. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at.

The knife has a 6-inch blade and comes in different steels, including 3V and VG-10 San Mai. You can read about the magnetic transitions in this article. So we end up with steels with relatively high edge retention but the toughness is also pretty low. 6) And there are bonus points if the steel is easy to grind and polish for the knife manufacturer or custom maker. The first version of this list from 2018 had the Code 4 here, but an even newer knife knocked that off that list and has become one of Cold Steel’s best knives ever: the AD-10. Not only is the Cold Steel Black Talon II a specialty knife (self-defense) but it’s a direct take on the existing Spyderco Civilian (with permission from Spyderco, I believe). pursuant of an order from any person designated in paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4. opening knife from our company. exceptions: By signing and submitting this form, you (KnifeCenter, Inc Customer/Buyer) hereby recognize and There are several high toughness steels in the budget category because it is possible to design steels with low carbide content which improves toughness. Learn how your comment data is processed. The AD-10 shares a lot of similarities with the Code 4 (well probably more like the 4-MAX), but it’s more of an EDC knife that’s strong, durable, and well-made. If you want a fixed blade you can bet your life on, it’s hard to top the SRK. Instead, the Tuff Lite is a small folder with a little 2.5-inch Wharncliffe blade. However, these steels generally have low edge retention.

This chart has both too many and too few steels in it as I’m sure other steels will be brought up but I also have several steels listed that I will not be seriously considering. Their Voyager series of pocket knives has been our number one recommendation for decades. Item No. I would just be mindful about your local laws when carrying this little guy because it would likely be considered a dagger. Finally the truth out here. of Product Service return is made in compliance with one or more of the above conditions. 14C28N is essentially AEB-L (or perhaps more accurately Sandvik 13C26), but with improved corrosion resistance.

But when conventional steels have significant amounts of carbide for higher edge retention those carbides tend to become pretty large leading to poor toughness. I think these steels that you listed are the workhorse of knife steels, and that makes them important. ordering, procuring, or purchasing such knives in connection with the activities of the Federal There are only two knives which have belt clips, and they are the Cold Steel Ti-Lite and the Snake Eye. to civilian or Armed Forces supply or procurement officers and employees of the Federal Government Unfortunately Frost Cutlery used 3CR13 steel which is a sub-par steel even in the budget knife category. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The previous versions were CTS-XHP, but the newer ones have S35VN steel.

We will see if this affects our choices and how. One of the great things about this flagship model is that it comes in tons of sizes and blade shapes, so you can get exactly what you want. It is challenging to design steels which strike a balance in the middle somewhere. You can pull the knife out of your pocket while engaging it thanks to a protruding quillon that catches the edge of your pants. Let’s start with a gimme: the Cold Steel Recon 1.