As an extension of our Guide to the Best Knife Steel, we’ve compiled a reference table showing the most popular types of knife steel and their composition of the various elements. We also provide a summary of the most commonly used elements in steel production and their impact on the properties and overall quality of the steel.
I am often asked about the different types of knife blades. Here we are talking about the shape of the blade. There are dozens of different blade types out there but for this article I wanted to concentrate on the most popular types which you will find on most production knives today. Many of these come in modified variations as knife makers today try to add something new to the market.
At BestPocketKnifeToday.com we know that owning a knife with a dull blade is like a having a gun without bullets! Thankfully, today’s high-tech knives made from high-end stainless steels are typically insanely sharp right out of the box. Many will hold their edge for years to come but this is obviously a function of how the knife is being used and how much abuse it has been subject to.
In choosing the best pocket knife you should pay particular attention to the type of steel used in the blade. Steel is really the essence of the blade and primarily responsible for how the knife performs. Steel is essentially an alloy (i.e. a mix) of carbon and iron that is often enriched with other elements to improve certain characteristics depending on the desired application.