/bdblue wrote:1095 is much tougher than most good stainless steels and very inexpensive. (There will always be a tradeoff of sorts between toughness and hardness, some alloys move this transition point one way or the other but the tradeoff is still there.)
If you want a knife that you can beat on, pry with, etc. then you want 1095 or other carbon steel, if you want rust resistance or better edge holding then you want a high tech stainless. There are better carbon steels that improve on the edge holding but they will be more expensive. I have read about steels such as 52100 and 3V but I'm not real knowledgeable about them.
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