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Question by OutdoorEnvy. Uploaded on November 16, 2012
I prefer carbon and my main knife is O1 steel.
I like carbon too but most of my knives are stainless.
Carbon is easier to resharpen, but stainless is well stainless and will not spot or rust. It's your choice. Mora a Swedish company makes laminated steel blades give you the best of both worlds.
I have both, but I perfer carbon of those two choices. My main knife is s30v which shares characteristics of both. It is easy to sharpen like carbon while still being stainless. They tend to be a little pricey, but well worth the money. Cabelas sells one made by gerber. It is the gator with the bell and carlson handel. About twice as much as the original gator, but it is a lot more knife.
I actually have no preference, and I have a number of blades of both materials. I inspect and sharpen all my knives periodically, usually at the same time, including the kitchen knives. I oil the joints on my folders, and wipe down the blades of all but the kitchen knives with an oily cloth before putting them away.
Carbon. Easier to sharpen. Stainless often DOES stain and/or rust...
True Bubba some stainless does rust Eventually. But that depends on the quality of the stainless. If a Magnet will stick to the knife it has a low percentage of nickel. More nickel equals less edge retention and harder to sharpen. Everything is a trade off. This trick also works with "knock-off" titanium golf clubs, made in China.
Carl - It sounds like nickel has all negative properties: less edge retention and harder to sharpen. I would want it to be the other way around. I think a steel has to have 13% chromium to be classified as stainless. It would be nice if the trade-off for that was better edge retention and ease of sharpening.
No 99 the addition on nickel adds density and hardness to steel. It lends itself to single use surgical scalpels and razor blades. It is difficult to resharpen. Like I said there is always a trade off.
Mine are all stainless and seem to work just fine. The Worksharp makes the sharpening easy.
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