Study this graphic carefully, because there’s going to be a quiz at the end. Not really; none of us could pass it, except maybe Will Woods. Since I dropped out of Engineering school before I got to metallurgy, I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree when it comes to the real nitty-gritty of chemistry. I need other, more knowledgeable people to translate this kind of quantitative data into something simpler that I can understand and use.
Toward that end, I’ve put together a short list of links about knife steels, their compositions, and their qualities and applications.
- Our own Will Woods’ The Truth About Blade Steels.
- Wikipedia’s ‘Steel‘ entry, and ‘List Of Blade Materials‘ page.
- Blade HQ’s list of steel types.
- The Pocket Guide To Knives’ ‘Lexicon Of Blade Steel.’
- Midway USA’s ‘Knife Steel Selection Chart.’
- KnifeCenter’s ‘Knife Blade Materials‘ page.
- Zknives’ Interactive Knife Steel Composition Graph. (It’s set for 8Cr13MoV, but you can enter any knife steel you want.)
These are the sources I go to when I’m researching an article, in more or less the order I check them. I hope they’re as interesting and useful to you as they’ve been to me.