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Posted: 3/30/2006 6:34:10 AM EDT
Which is a better metal for blade retention and strengh?
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:56:17 AM EDT
Tag, don't know the non-stainless too well.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 9:01:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/30/2006 9:02:30 AM EDT by mr_wilson]
YMMV, but I prefer the L2 tooled steel of my old Guardian II Gerber.

Between your two choices I'd choose the D2.

Mike

ETA - and oh btw, that's "edge-retention" not blade retention....
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 11:59:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/30/2006 11:59:50 AM EDT by Fox]
They are about equal in toughness, but M2 is superior for edge retention. Here are the specifications from Crucible.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 10:33:54 PM EDT
The M2 is much better as far as edge retention goes, but it is non-stainless which is why it is usually coated. M2 has much more carbon which is what gives it its toughness but also causes rust. D2 is more of a stainless but can rust as well if not taken care of. It all depends what you are going to use the knife for.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 6:09:31 AM EDT
I'd look at O-1 too. Its a hell of a steel, pretty common, and fairly inexpensive as to other exotic alloys.
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