Knife Steel Comparison Chart

This is a comparison chart that compares the toughness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance of 8 grades of steel suitable for knifemaking. The grades compared are: CPM S30V, CPM 154, 440C, 420HC, M390, CPM S35VN, D-2 and CPM S90V. The comparison is made with the hardness of all of the grades at RC 58-60.

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Knife steel comparison chart comparing CPM S30V, CPM 154, 420HC, 440C, M390, CPM S35VN, D-2 and CPM S90V

Data sheets contain specific information regarding the physical properties, heat treating procedures and typical applications for each grade. View the data sheets for each of these grades here.

Z-Wear PM Data Sheet

CPM S30V Stainless Steel Data Sheet

420HC Stainless Steel Data Sheet

440C Stainless Steel Data Sheet

M390 Stainless Steel Data Sheet

D-2 Tool Steel Data Sheet

CPM 154 Stainless Steel Data Sheet

CPM S35VN Stainless Steel Data Sheet

CPM S90V Stainless Steel Data Sheet

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