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Crucible 154-CM has been an industry staple as an improved version of 440-C for the past almost two decades.
As a stainless steel widely used for cutlery, molybdenum added enables higher wear resistance and high-performance edges with improved corrosion resistance.
While being more expensive than 440-C, its qualities far out way its price. Easy to grind, heat treat, and finish, it’s no wonder why it is often selected by many makers as their first choice when venturing into stainless and a great, reliable selection.
Like all stainless, it is best suited to controlled temperatures and oxygen shielding, benefiting after quenching from cryogenic treatment.
With its ability to readily take a fine edge or polish to near mirror perfection, there’s little doubt why so many makers and industry giants have made it their primary choice for everything from every day carry to complex Japanese kitchen knives.
If you are looking for a stainless to cut your teeth on, this may be an ideal option when going for a type with a solid reputation and name recognition.
A martensitic steel that is easy to machine and heat treated to achieve high levels of hardness and durability to be used in guards, bolsters, and liners; 416 is popular among many makers.
However, this is not steel capable of being hardened to knife needed levels and does not have the best corrosion resistance.
What 416 does offer is a material less ductile or brittle than some fitting material options, and furthermore, an alternative to titanium when used in folders. Its easy working nature is what also makes it an ideal option when making knives that require guards or bolsters over other materials such as copper, brass, or nickel silver.
416 can also be used as a jacketing material for a higher hardening core steel, such as 1095, w2, or 52100.
As a cladding, 416 may not provide the best corrosion resistance, but it does offer a striking contrast to a high carbon core.
440-C is one of the most widely recognized and appreciated steels in knifemaking with a history spanning decades.
As a staple stainless steel in the cutlery industry, many companies built their history and reputation by making it a standard option in their offerings dating back well into the 80s and beyond.
A chromium alloy steel, 440-C has high corrosion resistance and can achieve high levels of hardening, which is why it made such an early impression on cutlery in the first place.
Since it polishes up so nicely, 440-C has found its way into many kitchen knife sets and made a name for itself based on the ease with which it shines.
While some people look at it as old fashioned, even they would be hard-pressed to name another stainless with the legacy, economy, and ease as 440C.
A stainless with a long noted history as a dark horse in the industry, and sometimes referred to by the name 13C28, AEB-L has gone underappreciated for a long time.
Even though almost everyone has had it in their home at one point or another, most likely in the form of disposable razors.
Best described by the noted metallurgist Roman Landes as a stainless form of 52100 as AEB-L offers some of the finest, most evenly distributed carbide structure available outside powdered metallurgy or spray form steels.
It is easy to heat treat and without the finishing difficulties as high vanadium steels such as S90V, which is why it has rapidly become the number one choice for makers just starting to try their hand at stainless steel and gaining widespread attention in kitchen knife circles previously dominated by other varieties.
CPM-154 is a CPM processed version of 154-CM providing a more even distribution of carbides, which greatly enhances attributes of already popular precursor, 154-CM.
CPM-154 is easy to grind and polish like its predecessor, as well as having improved toughness and corrosion resistance. The more even, finely distributed carbide structure relates to finer, thinner edges and greater wear resistance.
Unlike 154-CM, many makers find it can be polished to an even finer degree to near mirror-like perfection.
Long-time users will easily spend hours extolling its benefits and describing their love for great steel despite whatever types of knives they make, whether fighters, flippers, every day carries, or kitchen cutlery.
CPM S90V is a unique tool steel made by the Crucible, a martensitic stainless steel with a high volume of vanadium carbides means a blade with exceptionally good wear resistance and wicked sharp edges.
S90V offers substantial improvements in wear resistance over other high chromium tool steels, such as D2, and corrosion resistance on par or above most 440C type steels.
These attributes are the byproduct of its high volume of vanadium carbides to chromium carbides, where one adds wear resistance, the chromium in the matrix provides good corrosion resistance.
A favorite among folder and kitchen knife makers, S90-V is known for taking an exceptional satin finish to match its excellent edge retention properties.
When you need something more than a typical Crucible CPM but not as tough to work as CPM M4, give S90-V some thought, we are sure you will be happy you did.
As a martensitic stainless steel with chromium-based chemistry, we have optimized the best qualities of AEB-L by enriching the formula using Nitrogen and Vanadium to create a new ferroalloy that provides exceptional edge performance, high hardness, and extreme corrosion resistance especially in marine and wet environments.
As leaders in the knife steel supply world, we recognize the ever-present demand not only for steel specifically formulated to suit the cutlery industry but our customers’ desires to stay on the cutting edge of steel that is tough and versatile enough for a pocket, kitchen, hunting, fishing; and tactical knives.
We also understand that, with the wide range of boutique “super steels” already available, that the utmost concern of the hard-working people we supply is to have a reasonably priced, high-performance option that can match their needs, regardless their styles, niches, and patrons.