Are S30V steel blades worth the extra cost?

Discussion in 'Knives & Edged Items' started by The Count, May 12, 2012.

  1. The Count

    The Count New Member

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    I have a small but nice collection of pocket knives, Benchmade, SOG, etc. Recently got a Kershaw with an S30V steel blade, it cost about $35 more than the same model with other steel (forgot exactly which). In real world use (cutting boxes, whittling, etc) is the S30V worth the extra bucks....? Will it really hold the edge that much longer than, say, a AUS8?
  2. Charles Christensen

    Charles Christensen New Member

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    It seems that it is worth the extra cost. It is harder and tougher than other stainless steels and has a finer grain structure. Advantages are easier grinding and sharpening but is a bit more expensive to produce than previous stainless steels.
  3. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I prefer S30V and VG10 for all of my blades.
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