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I love the design and simplicity, but that curved tanto, and this steel..... Anyone know how this steel performs? Is it a good steel like s30v?
Here ya go,
Generally speaking, S30V should be a better steel than Sandvik 12C27; it should hold an edge longer and it should be tougher. On the other hand, S30V is a bit harder to sharpen than Sandvik 12C27. Like K.T.N wrote, there's no info on the heat treat done by Klecker, and that is an important factor (edge retention, toughness, rust resistance, etc.). Kershaw made many knives with 12C27, I have a Blur in this Sandvik steel and it is easy to sharpen, but the edge doesn't last long. It's corrosion resistant, but it will develop rust if not cared for (just like many other knife steels, so don't fret about it much).
This knife's listing on BladeHQ and Knifecenter does not mention heat-treat hardness (HRC). MD could do a better job in this department; some knife listings include all the info, other don't.
EDIT: For some reason the comment tool won't post the link with the comparison graph between Sandvik 12C27 and Crucible S30V. Just go to the link below and write 12C27,S30V to see the comparison chart.
I actually emailed Klecker about heat treatment, and here's a copy of the reply:
Thank you for your e-mail. Yes, heat treating is a standard practice in our industry and all of our products under go this process. If you would like further information regarding 12C27 SS, please visit the steel maker’s website at the following link.
It provides a great deal of information about the steel’s properties and the hardening process that is used.
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