I'm with you on sometimes a simpler steel is just nice! I love the fancy steels but more so for a weekend carry where my use is fairly controlled. I've gone back to good old S30V,154cm, VG10 and now BD1N for my work knives because when I damage the edge it doesn't take forever to sharpen and I can fix it fast and easy. When running with exotic steels a chip or damage to the edge realllly hurts because putting that awesome edge in the first place took some sweat and work.carrot wrote: ↑Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:46 amI shot myself in the foot with BD1N testing. I got the SE Para 3 and all I can compare it to is SE H1 and SE 8CR.
It's good so far. My experience mirrors yours. I still enjoy super-supersteels but these days I prefer something a little easier to sharpen and just sharpen more frequently. BD1N hits my sweet spot, stays sharp long enough to go home and just have to lightly touch it up again. I dropped mine from 4ft and got a bent tip and a chipped tooth, I bent the tip back and the tooth sharpened out easily enough. I went through plenty of cardboard and got a few scuffs on the blade, nowhere close to H1's easy to scratch though. Abrasive materials definitely aren't tearing up the edge as much as I expected. I found that H1 really suffers on cardboard, even SE.
Not bad at all! Beats out S30V which is usually good enough in corrosion resistance for normal every day use... you might not be able to cut up lemons then stick it back in your sweaty pocket without wiping it down but who does that anyways haha.