I have a Cold Steel in this steel. I was up on a roof installing some Hardiplank siding. The old Masonite, or whatever it was had rotted. I cut a couple of the pieces a tad too long, so I trimmed them up with this knife. It was not ready for the hot butter slicing contest when I finished, but with a little time and effort and some DMT stones, it came back to being very sharp. Over the years , I have collected too many chef knives, so I'm not going to get another. But I did want to testify about the steel in case anyone had questions. Some have favorably compared this 440C and 154-CPM. The unnecessary cladding certainly produces a beautiful knife. In case you can't read the print on Jonas' comparison graph, the grey is AUS-10, blue is AUS-8, and green is VG-10.
The elements, left to right are C, Cr, Mo, V, Co, Ni, Mn, Si.