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#284279 - 04/21/17 10:51 PM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: quick_joey_small]
Russ Offline
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Originally Posted By: quick_joey_small
... But it is the nature of things that some are better made than others:

So Russ would you say it's as simple as the more expensive the srk the better it will be?

qjs

I didn't say that. What I said is that you can buy three CS SRK's for the price of one in CPM-3V. That might mean you are spending 3x as much for the same capability.

I have no idea how CS heat treats their 3V. It's not a simple heat treat like that for SK5 aka 1080/1095 -- Knifeforums, "Post: what is SK-5 steel?"

Have you ever sharpened CPM-3V? How are you going to resharpen a 3V blade in the field? 1080/1095 is much easier to keep sharp. The blades I have in 3V are choppers, I wanted tough in those blades and 3V provides a lot of toughness. I'm not sure that attribute is necessary in a 6" blade. YMMV

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#284280 - 04/22/17 12:04 AM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: quick_joey_small]
chaosmagnet Offline
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sk5: Japanese equivalent to American 1080 high carbon steel. I don't have anything in this steel myself, but my reading indicates it should have superior edge retention, very good toughness, and very little resistance to corrosion.

VG1: Also from Japan and not to be confused with VG10, it should be roughly equivalent to sk5 except with good corrosion resistance.

3v: Extremely tough tool steel, won't hold an edge quite as well as VG1, and very little corrosion resistance.

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#284281 - 04/22/17 12:15 AM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: AKSAR]
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Originally Posted By: AKSAR
Victorinix "Spartan", which costs about $25 at REI. It is on a very short lanyard with a Fenix E01 light, and rides comfortably in my pants pocket at all times. That knife and light gets more everyday use than all my other knives, multitools, and lights combined. Mostly because it is always with me.

The best knife steel is the blade you actually have with you when need it.


The Climber is always with me. The toothpick and tweezers are long gone, but the small blade is always sharp enough to shave with, and the corkscrew has never failed me.
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#284283 - 04/22/17 06:31 AM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: quick_joey_small]
quick_joey_small Offline
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UncleGoo wrote: > The toothpick and tweezers are long gone,

outdoor shops sell replacements for hardly anything.


qjs

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#284284 - 04/22/17 06:39 AM Re: Which is the best steel for a cold steel srk? [Re: quick_joey_small]
quick_joey_small Offline
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Thanks for the specifics chaosmagnet,that is what I wanted to know.

qjs

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