As with most things in life, there are going to be trade offs. From what I've heard, LC200N would be more corrosion resistant (to the point of being pretty much rust proof unless someone's out to prove they can destroy things), somewhat easier to sharpen, but probably not hold an edge quite as long as VG-10. As for price, there are no titanium RIL models in VG-10 to compare it with, but the slightly smaller Sage 2 sells for about $12 less. So, while not a knife you'd pay that much for, if anything, the price is probably less than most here would have guessed.Flipping Addict wrote:Know nothing of this steel. Where does lie in the steel tree? Between what and what? If no better than vg 10 there is no way I would pay close to $200.
Uh they what now? Shoot! I can't afford all these knives!!!SF Native wrote:They list the magnitude in stock too.
Hi Flipping Addict, steels have many different characteristics so it depends on which you are referring to when you say better. If corrosion resistance is a priority then this steel is vastly better than vg10. In edge retention, it would be much closer. I haven't tested the two side by side and I haven't even done controlled testing with lc200n (for edge retention) but I have cleaned a lot of fish with it. I am not able to tell much difference between lc200n and steels like cpm154 for that work. The more carbide rich steels will probably cut longer on controlled testing, especially when used into lower levels of sharpness, but lc200n has proven itself to be a solid performer without any gross deficiencies in my use. I know that after cleaning a dozen snapper this steel shows no more edge degradation than cpm154. I like working with a sharp blade and I will usually touch the edge up by that point so edge retention has proven more than acceptable for my uses. I can also definitively say that edge retention is light years ahead of what H1 shows in that same work.Flipping Addict wrote:Know nothing of this steel. Where does lie in the steel tree? Between what and what? If no better than vg 10 there is no way I would pay close to $200.
I just had a horrible vision of a Spydiechef getting mangled on a sharpening steel. Hopefully your friend cares more about his knives than most of the chefs I know lol.NickShabazz wrote:Can't wait for mine. An in-law is about to graduate from culinary school and move to Alaska. So, he's getting a gift.
(At least, that's my justification...)