This stuff is very edge tough,
However, it doesn't take the edge like white steel or Super Blue, those steels seem to have alot more "bite" or aggression at the edge at 1000 grit.
It still gets just as sharp just not with the same aggressiveness
reminds me of 52100 with a subtle amount more "bite."
The hardness "feels" like 63 hrc on the stones and with use, but that's just speculation, it would be nice to hear Sal chime in and give us an idea of what they went for.
V2 Deburrs like a champion.
This steel is alot tougher then white steel even at high hardness
So far the 1000 grit range has been my favorite finish.
This stuff should be GOLD to people that love to strop there edges to maintain them.
Very very responsive to stroping, I'd imagine one could keep a reasonable amount of sharpeness going for a long while with a properly set bevel, a fine ceramic and a 1um strop.
In use, I hit a metal poll inside the box when breaking down the cardboard package.
Checked the edge, nothing. I was impressed, so I whacked it on some stainless steel, aluminum, cut and stabed a aluminum can. No observable damage, very cool.
Subtile hesitation on cutting newspaper but no snags.
Stropped it on 1um diamond compound on leather.
Back to screaming sharp.
It's 0.018" out of the box.
For reference a tenacious is 0.017" and a Shaman is 0.026"
I'm already at 0.019" from about 6 Sharpenings to find what finish I like.
I'd say the spec sheet isn't very intense or sexy as far as people wanting insane attributes. But insane performance is always insane comprise.
Besides steel chemistry and Rockwell hardness isn't always the ultimate decider in high performance.
The take away so far is that we get more toughness then similar japanese carbon steel at similar hardness and we get more versatility in abrasive selection since we don't need high power stones to cut high speed steel.
I feel the steel is best with a medium grit to high polish on a alumina based waterstone. It's a joy to sharpen.
I think people will be very satisfied in practice with V-TOKU 2 on a folder.
It's got a great blend of hard use and knife sharpener favor to it