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Old 05-29-2019, 06:20 PM   #1
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After a lot of research and comparisons I decided to start using more CPM154 for my stainless steel knives. I was on the fence between S30V VG-10 and CPM154. I spent a lot of time reading reviews from users and other knife makers, for edge retention, easier to sharpen and rust prevention. I have been using 154cm but I wanted to make knives out super steel steel to give my customers the best blade possible. I made four this week, these are the first two I finished. I managed to get 62hrc out of these and I did cryo them.
First one is my best selling model #104 and then model #117

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Old 05-29-2019, 06:22 PM   #2
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Beautiful
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:52 PM   #3
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Old 05-30-2019, 03:10 PM   #4
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117 sure is purty
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Old 05-30-2019, 03:54 PM   #5
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117 sure is purty
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Old 05-30-2019, 05:10 PM   #6
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Very nice!
Do you have a store or online only?
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:01 PM   #7
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Very nice!
Do you have a store or online only?
Gunome; I don't have store. I sell on here and other hunting forums, Facebook and from my website. I'm a fulltime knife maker.
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Old 05-31-2019, 04:50 PM   #8
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Finished up two more today, The first one is Model # 132 and the second one is Model # 105 skinner.

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Old 05-31-2019, 05:12 PM   #9
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Those are absolutely awesome!!!!!!
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Old 05-31-2019, 05:46 PM   #10
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Man.... You do fantastic work.
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Old 05-31-2019, 05:57 PM   #11
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Thanks guys, greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-31-2019, 06:12 PM   #12
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#132 is awesome
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Old 05-31-2019, 09:52 PM   #13
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#132 is awesome
Model # 132 is quickly becoming my favorite knife. I like the way if fits my hand. Every time I make one for myself, some offers me a deal I can't refuse. After all, that's how I pay the bills.
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Old 06-10-2019, 05:58 PM   #14
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I did an integral out of VG10 one time. Took me two days to get it hand sanded to 220 grit. That stuff laughs at sandpaper. I'm a 154 guy myself. Why mess with what works?
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Old 06-10-2019, 06:11 PM   #15
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you should give RWL 34 steel a chance it grinds and sands better than 154cpm. Its from the Damasteel company.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:40 PM   #16
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Dang! I'm still stuck on 80CrV2 carbon steel. One of these days maybe I'll have me one dem fancy dancy Evenheat or Paragon electric ovens. Sold 3 knives today so my stash money is growing. I definitely want to try some crucible steels especially on fish fillet knives.
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:38 AM   #17
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you should give RWL 34 steel a chance it grinds and sands better than 154cpm. Its from the Damasteel company.
CPM154 and 154CM are two complete animals for sure. CPM154 is very similar to RWL 34. 154cm is just a step up from ATS34 or 440c. I have used RWL34 and Damasteel Damascus both are easy to grind and sand.

I prefer CPM154 in stainless however I will use 154cm it all depends on how much my customers what to spend lots of difference in price between the two.

High Carbon I prefer 1075 it's a spring steel with enough manganese to do a hamon. I can get it to flex beyond 45 degrees at 61hrc. It can be heat treated in a gas forge but it's only going to be a hit miss, you won't get the most out of it..... I like to heat it to 1500 hold 10 minutes and quench in canola, not mineral oil, parkes 50 or brine, each has a different effect on the steel.
Sorry about ranting so much, of course each steel is only as good as the person that puts his makers mark on the steel and unless the heat treat recipe and method separates a knife from a hunk of steel.

I use Alabama Damascus mostly because that's what my customer wants, again Damascus is only as good as the heat treat recipe. I cryo Damascus like I do CPM154, I don't cryo 154cm I haven't found much benefit in it.

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Old 08-01-2019, 11:48 PM   #18
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Old 08-08-2019, 12:54 AM   #19
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Those look great, really like the blade shape on the skinner, looks really utilitarian.

I've been pretty happy with the cpm154 too, seems like a great performer.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:08 PM   #20
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Great looking blades . 62 hrc is pretty hard . Should hold a edge good I would think
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:32 PM   #21
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When you were reading about super steels, did you ever come across M390? If so, what are your thoughts on that?

I've used a lot of M390 thanks to a generous benefactor who lives across the street from my brother. That stuff is REALLY hard to work with. It holds an amazing edge, but it's a real pain to sharpen it later. I personally prefer high carbon steel. I have a Santoku I made with 1095, and it's my favourite kitchen knife. I strop it after every use, and it keeps a razor edge.
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:01 AM   #22
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Sam; M390 is great steel. Why I call CPM154 Super Steel is due to many factors. It cuts a good as 01 tools steel in rope cutting tests, it's affordable, I can get it delivered it two days, and to me workability is important. I make and sell over 300 knives a year I can't afford to spend more time grinding and sanding a knife and make it cost effective. I still tell people when it comes to they buying strictly on materials used the material is not as important than the person heat treating it... and you know that was well as I do, it's like a bad cook turning a prime ribeye into shoe leather.
I can get the most out of CPM154 with my heat treat and Cryo. Edge retention and sharpening ability is why I call it "Super Steel"
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Old 09-29-2019, 09:28 PM   #23
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Nice work!
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Old 10-02-2019, 04:09 PM   #24
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These are some exceptionally beautiful knives. Awesome work!
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Old 11-19-2019, 12:13 AM   #25
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Those are great! What kind of finish is on the handle?
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Old 11-19-2019, 12:55 PM   #26
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Looking good
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Old 11-19-2019, 09:03 PM   #27
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Those are great! What kind of finish is on the handle?
If you're asking about the first one, Nothing! Just buffed on the buffer.
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Old 11-20-2019, 10:29 AM   #28
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Incredible job.
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