Evil D wrote: ↑Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:37 amI think LC200N is THE best all around EDC steel. I find that it grinds and sharpens easier than VG10 and takes a fantastic edge with minimal effort. Most people may not need all out rust proof steels but it does make for the lowest maintenance knife you could ask for. I don't have to worry about my knife as much as I do with other steels, it goes wherever I go and can handle cutting even things that I shouldn't be cutting.
There's something about steels like LC and H1 that I think a lot of people underestimate or just don't even consider, and that's the willingness to actually use your knife. It's easy to get caught up in the sprint craze and those steels are definitely fun, but I've also found myself somewhat reluctant to really use those knives the way I will a Caribbean or a Pacific. Being standard production and easy to replace is part of that but knowing that the knife won't rust and is tough enough to abuse gives me the peace of mind to really enjoy my knives more. I don't hesitate to get it out and get it filthy.
I was thinking the same thing. For two kinds of steel that have been out in the wild for some time now, S30V and S35VN are right in the middle of the heap when you consider all the different attributes someone might want in a steel. There are plenty of others that excel one way or another, but S30V and S35VN are pretty well rounded.