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Posted: 9/7/2005 11:18:21 AM EDT
I was thinking of buying this knife from a local gun dealer for a really good price. What I was wondering though this is a "heavy duty" knife and the steel, 440V I have heard is not a hard use steel and is brittle and can chip easy. I hear it holds it's dege extreemly well but is not very tough. Does anyone have any experance using this steel and how does it hold up with every day use and some heavy use?

I really like the knife and design but am weary of the steel. Thank you!!!
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 11:31:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2005 11:33:11 AM EDT by glockguy40]
You should look at getting one of their knives in ATS-34. It's much better steel IMHO. The newer models all pretty much come in ATS-34, upgraded from AUS-6 or 440. He is probably selling it that cheap to get rid of his back stock to make room for the new stuff.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 11:39:46 AM EDT
SOG

colt I carry this one every day

benchmade are might fine knives, that is the majority of my collection

colt another fine addition


that web site has alot of good info on the type of metals for knives.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 11:53:24 AM EDT
Thanks guys. I have several knives in ATS34 and it is a great steel! I was just wondering if the stuff I heard about 440V was true. Anybody use this steel?
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 3:25:16 PM EDT
bump
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 6:05:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2005 6:07:16 PM EDT by Ustulina]
I don't have first hand experience with 440V steel. This steel is not the same as 440C. If I recall, it is a Crucible brand powdered steel, and it was actually introduced *substantially* after 154CM and the equivalent ATS-34 steel. 154 CM has been around since David Boye wrote his book on knifemaking, and that was the early 80s. ATS-34 came probably late 80s, early 90s.

Some of the earlier uses of 440V were with wood lathe turning tools.

The knife community has gotten away from this steel; S30V is now the industry darling, and in fact Spyderco is now turning current production Chinooks in this steel.

If it were me I'd pass, but I don't have a good reason to.

You'd be much better off posting this question somewhere on Bladeforums.com.

agrussell.com also has a section on knife steels, although I am not sure if 440V steel is described.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 10:27:06 AM EDT
Bump and thanks for the replys!
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 10:31:49 AM EDT
Nothing wrong with 440V, very nice steel, though a pain in the ass to sharpen, as it gets too hard.
Link Posted: 9/8/2005 10:46:02 AM EDT
Found this one the web, not sure if it has merit:

CPM T440V - CPM T420V

Two steels that hold an edge superbly, world class type edge holding, but it's difficult to get the edge there in the first place. These steels are both high in vanadium. Spyderco offers at least one model in CPM T440V. Custom maker Sean McWilliams is a big fan of 440V,which he forges. Depending on heat treatment, expect to have to work a bit harder to sharpen these steels. For 440V, don't expect ATS-34 type toughness. 420V is CPM's follow-on to 440V, and with less chromium and almost double the vanadium, is more wear-resistant and may be tougher than 440V.
Link Posted: 9/9/2005 9:23:06 PM EDT
I bought the knife! It is such a good desigh and solid built and I just could not pass up the great price! This is the first time I have used 440V so I hope it proves to be a good steel and holds up well! Thanks for the replys!

Any other info on this steel is welcome! Thanks!
Link Posted: 9/9/2005 9:26:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Ustulina:
I don't have first hand experience with 440V steel. This steel is not the same as 440C. If I recall, it is a Crucible brand powdered steel, and it was actually introduced *substantially* after 154CM and the equivalent ATS-34 steel. 154 CM has been around since David Boye wrote his book on knifemaking, and that was the early 80s. ATS-34 came probably late 80s, early 90s.

Some of the earlier uses of 440V were with wood lathe turning tools.

The knife community has gotten away from this steel; S30V is now the industry darling, and in fact Spyderco is now turning current production Chinooks in this steel.

If it were me I'd pass, but I don't have a good reason to.

You'd be much better off posting this question somewhere on Bladeforums.com.

agrussell.com also has a section on knife steels, although I am not sure if 440V steel is described.



Last I heard Crucible was run out of business by the Chinese.... True?
Link Posted: 9/9/2005 9:56:28 PM EDT
Whoa! Never heard that! S30V is selling faster then they can make it and I think Crucible is the only one that can make it. Hope that is not true.

Anyone know for sure?
Link Posted: 9/9/2005 9:59:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SkagSig40:
Whoa! Never heard that! S30V is selling faster then they can make it and I think Crucible is the only one that can make it. Hope that is not true.

Anyone know for sure?



It may have only been true in one of their casting lines. i know they dont make permanent magnets anymore. Hitachi and Crucible (I think) were the two big ones in that game and the Chinese whipped them up one side and down the other in costs. I thought I heard they drove Crucible right out of business.
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