Blade Show 2013: Swedes Steel the Show

The Blade Show isn’t just about wanton knife buying—although God knows there’s plenty of that going down. Cobb’s crowded with companies hawking everything a knife maker needs to make the edged works of art that hoover up the endless amount of cash flowing from visitors’ pockets. Swedish/Austrian steel maker Bohler Uddeholm snagged a corner booth to flog stainless steel for makers both large (Benchmade) and small (Tango Foxtrot). Their Austrian’s M390 steel combines chromium, molybdenum, vanadium and tungsten for sharpness and edge retention. Thanks to BU’s powder metal technology, their Swedish ELMAX steel has extremely low inclusion content for virtually no chip-out. Bonus! Increased corrosion resistance. Will BU’s stainless supplant 440? Judging from their show staff’s enthusiasm level (12 out of 10) it won’t be for lack of trying.


  1. Out_Fang_Thief says:

    Did he really misunderstand the “How Much?” or did he just intentionally evade answering the question? $20 a pound he says? So what does that translate to in consumer dollars? I get the sneaky feeling we’re talking over $200 for the privilege of ownership. Sounds like the guy who came to my door to sell me a Kirby vacuum.
    “How much” says I? “Well let me give you a demonstration first.” says he. Yikes, hold on to your wallet, this is going to pinch a little.

    1. pastubbs says:

      As an amateur knife maker myself I can tell you there’s very little cost difference in blade steel per knife. There may be $1 or $2 difference per “3-4” knife but in terms of cost to customer it’s what ever the maker wants to charge. Granted when your talking thousand of knives it adds up. But that still doesn’t add up to the extra $50-$100 they add on for an upgraded steel.

  2. Mark N. says:

    I got that same impression–but most knives weigh a lot less than a pound, so maybe he underestimated (quite) a bit. In fact, my 36″ Angus Trim weighs in at less than 3 lbs. Maybe he really meant $20 per ounce.

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