Edged Weapons

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Like many Greedy Gun Runners we started out running edged weapons like knives, tomahawks and machettes.

 

Info For Custom Knife Making

 

There are 5 major Blade Profile:

  • Chisel Grind - has only one side of the blade sharpened
  • Hollow
  • Convex
  • V Grind
  • Flat Grind - 1 single smooth slope from the spine to where the edge bevel begins

Here is a list of the major Steel Type:

Expect detailed reviews of various blades soon. Our current collection of running and gunning edged weapons include items from Cold Steel, Blackhawk, Spyderco, SOG, CRKT, Buck/Strider, RAT Cutlery, BK&T, Busse, Kabar and others.

 

Here is a list of knives by Blade type. Note that I did not track makers of all the cheap knives out there. We tried to just include the major tactical/survival knife makers.

  • 1095- For knives, 1095 is sort of the "standard" carbon steel, not too expensive and performs well. It is reasonably tough and holds an edge well, and is easy to sharpen. It rusts easily. This is a simple steel, which contains only two alloying elements: .95% carbon and .4% manganese. The various Kabars are usually 1095 with a black coating.
  • 5160 - a simple spring steel with chromium added for hardenability
  • 0170-6 - 50100-B - A good chrome-vanadium steel that is somewhat similar to O-1, but much less expensive. The now-defunct Blackjack made several knives from O170-6, and Carbon V may be 0170-6. 50100 is basically 52100 with about 1/3 the chromium of 52100, and the B in 50100-B indicates that the steel has been modified with vanadium, making this a chrome-vanadium steel. 
  • INFI- i s currently only used by Jerry Busse. In place of some of the carbon (INFI contains .5% carbon), INFI has nitrogen. The result is a non-stainless steel that is nevertheless extremely stain resistant (informally reported at close to D-2, or even better), incredibly tough for a high-alloy ingot steel, and with extremely good wear resistance.
  • A2 - An excellent air-hardening tool steel, it is tougher than D-2 and M-2, with less wear resistance . As an air-hardening steel, don't expect it to be differentially tempered. Its good toughness makes it a frequent choice for combat knives. Chris Reeve and Phil Hartsfield both use A-2.
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  • D2 - sometimes called a "semi-stainless". It has a fairly high chrome content (12%), but not high enough to classify it as stainless. It has excellent edge holding.
  • VG-10 can be thought of as being like ATS-34 and 154-CM, but doing just about everything a hair better. It's a little more stain resistant, tougher, holds an edge a little better. And VG-10 has vanadium in it, it's fine-grained and takes the best edge of this group.
  • 154CM- ATS-34 and 154-CM -- they are in such widespread use that heat treat varies widely. These steels provide a high-end performance benchmark for stainless steels, and hold an edge well, and are tough enough for many uses (though not on par with good non-stainlesses). They aren't very stain resistant, however.
  • W2 - Reasonably tough and holds an edge well, due to its .2% vanadium content. Most files are made from W-1, which is the same as W-2 except for the vanadium content (W-1 has no vanadium).
  • CPM-3V
  • CPM-S30V - The newest stainless steel from Crucible, purpose-designed as a cutlery steel. This steel gives A-2-class toughness and almost-S90V class wear resistance, at reasonable hardness (~59-60 Rc). This mix of attributes is making S30V one of the hottest stainless steels going, with makes such as Chris Reeve switching from BG-42 to S30V. Will this be the new king of general-purpose stainless cutlery steels? We'll know over the next couple of years.  The jury is still out, but it may end up this week's ultimate high-end all-around stainless steel, due to high performance coupled with easier machinability and sharpenability than the other steels in this class.
  • S60V has by far the best wear resistance of the group, though consensus is becoming that it should be left around the same hardness as 440C (56ish Rc), which means it will be relatively weak compared to ATS-34, 154-CM, and VG-10, and so it will indent and lose its edge quickly when strength is required. S60V is the winner here when pure abrasion resistance is much more important than edge strength.
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