I own my two most favorite Damascus Steel Knives. Well this article has really helped me to understand how to keep them https://swordsswords.com/blog/maintenan ... eel-blade/SpyderEdgeForever wrote: ↑Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:07 pmWe have discussed various carbon steel alloys on the forum before. I want to share with you an interesting discussion I had with someone about carbon steel and also get more of your views on this.
I was having a chat with a US Navy Veteran (by the way, I thank all of you Veterans on here and Active Duty Service people for your service!) and we discussed advanced technology possibilities and also knives and steel. He told me that while he agrees that all sorts of new materials such as 3d printed pure carbon composites that are tens to dozens of times stronger and more durable than steel and other materials are on the experimental drawing boards, and while he acknowledges the great use of various super stainless and tool steel, surprise, surprise to me, he said that well-made and well heat-treated carbon steel, when quality control and engineering is focused on it, has a major place not only today, but, according to him, good quality carbon steel will continue to be used in knives and even on military hardware for decades and centuries to come, if things continue.
This was surprising to me, because, as some of you on here know, I thought that all sea men, sailors, and Navy people would all be on the same page about stainless steel: That stainless steel is THE replacement for carbon steel because of the rust/corrosion issue.
This Navy Veteran told me, when I brought up rust, that while steel such as H1 and Lc200N as used by Spyderco (I told him of these new steel alloys) is very good and has its place, he said that this is why we have oils, lubricants, and anti-rust paints and coatings.
He said the main reason why he advocates for well-made carbon steel is because carbon steel is tougher, more elastic and resilient, and easier for troops to maintain in the field and on the sea, than stainless steel of any kind, and that if a person wants to avoid rust they can always use steel wire brushes and anti rust materials such as oils and lubricants and other things.
Vivi, I was thinking of you and how you have tested all sorts of steel, carbon and stainless, when I was chatting with this great man, and I asked him "what would be your ideal knife based on presently-known steel?" and he pointed me to the Ontario USA made 1095 carbon steel folders and fixed blades, such as the Spec Plus series, that have Zytel and Kraton handles, but, they use carbon steel instead of stainless. He said he would just carry a bottle of some anti-rust oil or other material and wipe off the blade.
Anyhow, I would welcome all of your views and feedback on this topic.
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