This is more of a popularity contest for me. I am not Michael Christy, Pete from Cedrid & Ada, or any other knife steel tester, and there are a few very good ones. I have not been able to afford 2nd and 3rd copies of knives to test their properties, so I'm hesitant to push anything I own to hard. I have a lot of knives, but I use them for self defense, which means that they sparingly if ever get used. They do get carried, but that does not mean squat, and I understand that.
Firearm owners are in the same boat as I. They buy a weapon, and they pray they do not have to use it. But if I have to use it, I want it to cut, and cut, and cut, and not snap off in my hand or the target.
Steels that I am very interested in - in no particular order are: Maxamet, M390/20CV/204P, CTS-XHP, D2, S35VN, 3V, 4V, M4, S90V, S110V, ZDP189, and while I have no knives in the following and would very much like to test out: S125V, K390, Vanadis 4E, Rex 45, 1V, S7, Rex 121, Z-WEAR. The bottom line is, I need 3x as many knives as I have to beat the beans out of them to see where the steels fall.
My 3 favorite steels, for knives ranging in size from 1/2" to 7" in blade length, based on moderate use and everything that I've read:
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Spyderco Collection: Military (S110V), Bob Lum Darn Dao(CPM-154), Yojimbo 2 (1 in S30V & 2 in 20CV), Sustain(20CV), Native 5(Maxamet), Jumpmaster 2(H1), Province(4V). SHORT LIST: CF Shaman(S90V), Native Chief, Street Bowie(4V at 60+ HRC), Nightstick, Yojumbo.