1095 gets a horrible name as it is used in some extremely cheap knives and thus often gets extremely cheap performance. Have you used any carbon steel from a decent ABS guy, or any custom maker who is sensible with it. Ideally try it at the max torsional peak which is about 65-67 HRC for a fairly unique experience in a cutting tool. There are no large carbides, the edge forms exceptionally sharp almost trivially, no significant burr formation, very hard, resists rolling very well, but yet no alloy carbide so it works readily even with basic stones.
Cliff, I had a custom smallish tanto in 1095 run at rc 65. It was a very different steel than the 1095 production knives I've had/have with very basic hardening jobs with rc's down as low as rc 54. One was advertised as rc 54-58 which is quite a variance.
At rc 65 it was pretty stubborn on the stones. I had a custom O-1 knife at rc 64-65 too, and I know it's not the steel's fault what kind of care it recieves.
Still, I prefer O-1 over 1095 and when the option exists I will pick it for folder or fixed blade. It's one of my favorites.
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