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I know nothing about these things. What's bad about "440c"?
Thank you in advance.
Usually chopping tools like axes, machetes, etc call for a tough steel that resists chipping and breaking. Often it can be a carbon steel, like 1095, I forget the names of the others.
These steels are tough and durable, but in many cases don't retain a razor sharp edge for long. That's OK, rough use like chopping calls for toughness over edge retention.
440c isn't typically used in axes and machetes. While it can retain a sharp edge for a lot longer than carbon tool steels, it is also much more brittle and prone to chipping.
So while 440c is a very respectable steel, it may not be the best choice for an axe.
Having said that, does anyone know if the 440c used here actually stand up to chopping and hard use?
I think at an ultimate price of $25.00, you would be getting a lesser steel... if I'm right that 440C is better than an 8cr13mov or something like that. The SOGs, for example, are 420, and going for more like $30.00. 440C is better than that.
I generally agree with you, but that an identical piece made in 1095 would be going much higher.
I think it depends on the temper...