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Date Posted: - Tuesday - 02/12/08 - 1:52pm
Author: Randall, Murre, M31 ()
Subject: Knives that will not rust

Maybe I'm the last to hear, but I found this fascinating: a knife that cannot rust because it's made of H1 steel.

The Spyderco Atlantic Salt:
http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/list.php?category=4

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I have a friend who is as into knives as we are boats. His comments re this knife.


Re the blade: it's nice and thin, and
you would not know there's anything unusual about the metal if you didn't know it contains...no... carbon!! They substituted nitrogen!! Thus depriving it of its American right to rust.

Re edge holding capabilities: H1 is an odd metal in that it work hardens. So it gets harder every time it is used or sharpened. The H1 is reported to be in the same league for edge holding as 440C--the typical grade stainless for high quality marine knives--or better...better, the more it is
used and sharpened. Hardness is up to the heat treat and annealing process; one cutlery stainless is not necessarily harder than another unless it is made to be that way. Makers try to strike an optimal hardness and Spyderco has a good reputation for doing their heat treat
well.

However H1 is known to scratch up on the sides. These knives are known not to "stay pretty." Don't sweat it, it's a workin' knife, not a showhorse.

The knife blade is quite thin, which means excellent slicing, but DO NOT use it as a prybar. I heard a story of a guy using an excellent knife steel (S30V, very high class) to pry open walnuts and the tip
cracked off. So, ya just don't use high quality knives to pry, end of story. Cheep knives, with crappy steel, ironically make better pry bars -- the low quality steel is more resiliant to lateral pressure.


Thought you'all might be interested.

RR

Last edited by author: Tue February 12, 2008 13:54:30   Edited 1 time.

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