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Old 01-03-2018, 03:01 PM   #1
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Comparison of Knife Steels

Following Chico's post regarding the Cold Steel knife, using the Carpenter CTS-XHP steel, I went out looking for knives made with this steel, or other Carpenter steels. I ran across the Zero Tolerance 0456, Titanium Framelock, which boasts a blade made from another Carpenter steel blend, the CTS-204P.

Well, know I needed to know the difference between the XHP and the 204P variations. A quick google led me to this site:

http://knifeinformer.com/discovering...t-knife-steel/

and this discussion/comparison of the various Carpenter steels.

https://www.cartech.com/en/alloy-tec...r-knife-blades

The ZT 0456 (CTS-204P) is a bit pricey, with the Cold Steel (XHP) more reasonably priced, at current street values. Of course none of this includes the up-charge for Chico's services, so keep that in mind.
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This might sound odd, but in the +20 years I have been a polisher there are numerous alloys I have not seen.

The Carpenter was my first. I have never done one in CPM-M4. I have two knives in 3V--my own. And when it comes to ZDP-189, I have probably done four.

I do primarily jackknives and kitchen knives, preferably Japanese kitchen knives. Of those, I prefer them with an odd number of layers, as it usually means it had a final core of VG-10 added on the last fold.
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This might sound odd, but in the +20 years I have been a polisher there are numerous alloys I have not seen.
Chico, Now that you are leading the "life of leisure", aka retirement, you will have plenty of time to experiment ;-)

The write-up on the Carpenter comparison certainly leads me to believe the 204P steel may be the better, for corrosion resistance and edge retention/durability. I have the one Elmax ZT (which may be the favorite, for now) and a couple of 35VN, D2 and 8Cr13Mov, with numerous 440 variants and Damascus (handforged and others)

I do like the sound of the Carpenter steels, so one of those may have to be the next.
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Life of leisure? Yikes, you should see my "honey-do" list!

I'd like to study the Carpenter line more, myself. It sharpened to a keen edge, and seems to have good retention characteristics. Right now I'm learning about 3V, which fits into my "blue jeans on a Saturday at Sears" lifestyle.

And I like both the cobalt alloy and the fine grain 1095 that TOPS is using. I have both, and they are razor blades.

I haven't used the Kizers much. Their claim to fame seems to be superior assembly, but they do use S35VN.
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