The Deacon wrote:Yes, and no. I have no interest in performance testing steels and don't have any need for a blade that will skin a dozen elephants without re-sharpening. I'll take a steel like VG-10, S30V, or even AUS-6 over steels that may hold an edge better, but are less stainless or non-stainless. If an attractive enough pattern was offered, I'd take stainless damascus over any monochromatic grey stainless even if the knife cost twice as much and didn't hold an edge quite as well as AUS-6.
In real World there are many steels which hold edge much better being as good in corrosion resistance as AUS6.
Problem here is price. I do care not to pay over real value. If CPM S30V will coast as AUS6 - then it would be OK.
I had nothing against properly positioned and priced product. But when I see "Golden Standard" and other thing
like this about cheap average performing steel priced as premium - it does bother me. Because it is not only case
of overpaying, but this actually damage effort to bring real good steels to the market.
Why someone bother to search for good steel and good heat treatment when it is much easy to publish press release
with "Golden Standard", "as good as CPM S60V in edge holding and as good as A2 in toughness" and create hype...
It is clear that because of this kind of things good steel manufacturers have no proper representation on the market,
while one who keep failing to produce anything good is dominating. Every steel from Carpenter (except this strange
reincarnation of GIN-1 - BD-1?) are top performers, and this is known for years, but knife industry keep wasting effort
on whatever is coming out of Crucible.