I find ats-55(3 knives) to be a good steel for EDC. it hold an edge pretty decently and sharpens easy. Heat treat will make the difference on this one. bad treat and they rust as you look at them. I let my Cricket(Serrated) get truly dull over about 2-3 weeks of boxes. Took me 2 hrs with the 204(in my early days of using one).
ats-34: only had one in this steel, the Wegner jr. I used it in the kitchen plenty, and in the yard a couple times. It is easy to sharpen, and takes a good sharp edge. Never let this one get dull, so I don't know if it would be hard to recover.
vg-10: Only have one, my Calypso jr lt(c52). Use it daily sharpened to 30 degrees. Kitchen use for this one is a must. Best pocket cutlery out there! Just converted 2 people today showing them this one.
aus-8: think this is what is used in the ladybug... I used mine for a LONG time at work, Feb-Nov '01. It got DULL, it got sharpened back up in about 4hrs... (I got the guys at Cutting Edge to fix my problem, didn't sharpen for a while).
440C: have one, the Q(c35), and not using it for EDC, it will be a dress occasion only knife. This puppy is sharp!
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