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Old 12-11-2019, 01:08 PM   #1
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Default Knife guys! Need some input on blades!

Looking at upgrading a couple knives for Christmas and liking the looks and specs of the LT Wright large northern hunter and small northern hunter. The two blade materials offered for the large is cpm 3v and AEB-L. I know the general difference between the two, but would like to get some expedited input on those two steels as far as ease of sharpening and durability.

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Old 12-11-2019, 04:53 PM   #2
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AEBL will be more easily sharpened. It's my go to for kitchen knives. Performs like a carbon steel, but doesn't rust.

Less familiar with 3V, but in general the V series have high vanadium. Tend to be abrasion resistant, harder to sharpen.
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AEBL will be more easily sharpened. It's my go to for kitchen knives. Performs like a carbon steel, but doesn't rust.

Less familiar with 3V, but in general the V series have high vanadium. Tend to be abrasion resistant, harder to sharpen.


Plan is to use them for skinning and breaking down deer and elk. Hope I made a good choice Bc Santa has it coming. Lol


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Old 12-11-2019, 05:13 PM   #4
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Next up is going to be a custom build that is more of a daily carry. Hopefully someone has some input on that as well


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Old 12-11-2019, 05:14 PM   #5
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AEBL will be more easily sharpened. It's my go to for kitchen knives. Performs like a carbon steel, but doesn't rust.

Less familiar with 3V, but in general the V series have high vanadium. Tend to be abrasion resistant, harder to sharpen.


Also, what would be your go to for a hunting/skinning knife? Hard to find what I want in an A2 or D2 steel.


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Old 12-11-2019, 05:33 PM   #6
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Plan is to use them for skinning and breaking down deer and elk. Hope I made a good choice Bc Santa has it coming. Lol


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I just looked at a Victorinox knife 4110 steel I think?
It was awesome

In D2 steel knives of Alaska would be my go to ( had some and they were stolen)

The knives you ordered have awesome reviews ( had a maple leaf blade knife and thrall enjoyed it to tell it was stolen also) https://survivalcommonsense.com/revi...rthern-hunter/
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Old 12-11-2019, 08:59 PM   #7
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I just looked at a Victorinox knife 4110 steel I think?
It was awesome

In D2 steel knives of Alaska would be my go to ( had some and they were stolen)

The knives you ordered have awesome reviews ( had a maple leaf blade knife and thrall enjoyed it to tell it was stolen also) https://survivalcommonsense.com/revi...rthern-hunter/


For a pure skinning knife thatís affordable, this one is hands down the cats meow. Iíve skinned countless animals with it. Easy to sharpen, will do a deer or two before needing to hone it again, and wonít break the bank. Itís my go to for skinning around the house. I donít pack it Bc I donít have a sheath for it which is why it doesnít go on back pack hunts in Colorado. Lol

https://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-VI.../dp/B00062AE76


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Old 12-11-2019, 09:49 PM   #8
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My fav is still gonna be CPM 154 - originally ATS 34 made for jet engine rotors - very finely grained - marketed by Crucible (American) as 154 CM and finally as CPM 154 (Cruciblesteel Particulate Metalurgy).The scandi version of CPM 154 is RWL 34.

As for D2 I'd stick with CPM D2 - higher chromium content for far less rust - As Goddard said "D2 takes a sh---- edge and holds it forever"

A far overlooked steel is 52100 ball bearing steel - Carbon steel at it's finest with very little rust.

These are steels that can be ground very thin behind the edge as they have such a fine grain

On factory heat treated knives ZDP 189, M4, XHP and Elmax are my favs.

This is the Sh-- that goes through a knifemakers mind! AAARRGGHH!
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Old 12-12-2019, 08:33 AM   #9
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I dont know about all the cool steels but I would take my buck 110 lite any day over my KOA feather light hunter. I swear I received a bad blade. Someone here mentioned that can happen when they batch heat treat blades.
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Old 12-12-2019, 08:41 AM   #10
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I dont know about all the cool steels but I would take my buck 110 lite any day over my KOA feather light hunter. I swear I received a bad blade. Someone here mentioned that can happen when they batch heat treat blades.
I am not overly impressed with my KOA either. Very very hard to sharpen yet do not see any gains in blade staying sharp.

Honestly i could care less about all these fancy bla bla bla super high tech stainless this or the other.

The old carbon steel blades are easy to sharpen and keep touched up. I also like the patina they get. Stic serves me fine for years. I can touch up on back of a coffee cup or top of my truck window in a pinch.
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:03 AM   #11
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I dont know about all the cool steels but I would take my buck 110 lite any day over my KOA feather light hunter. I swear I received a bad blade. Someone here mentioned that can happen when they batch heat treat blades.
Everybody but me seams to rave about their benchmade but I wouldnít be surprised if I got a bad blade as well. It was dull after one deer FROM FACTORY. Have not been able to get it sharp again. Sending it in to BM but I have no confidence it will stay sharp once returned.
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:16 AM   #12
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I'm kinda partial to this Voestalpine 26C3 carbon steel. It's been my go to for some while now. I don't know about resharpening because I haven't been able to dull it yet
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:47 AM   #13
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Case Trapper in C.V the end.

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Old 12-12-2019, 10:12 AM   #14
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Impressive video. Where do I get one? What do they cost?

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I'm kinda partial to this Voestalpine 26C3 carbon steel. It's been my go to for some while now. I don't know about resharpening because I haven't been able to dull it yet
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Old 12-12-2019, 10:52 AM   #15
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If you’re in to cpm d2 check out bob dozier. His heat treat is head and shoulder above other d2 blades I’ve used and his patterns are typically geared toward skinning and hunting. Only thing I dislike is the horizontal kydex sheath that’s included in most, although some have a vertical option. I’m partial to leather if I had a choice.
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Old 12-12-2019, 11:43 AM   #16
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If youíre in to cpm d2 check out bob dozier. His heat treat is head and shoulder above other d2 blades Iíve used and his patterns are typically geared toward skinning and hunting. Only thing I dislike is the horizontal kydex sheath thatís included in most, although some have a vertical option. Iím partial to leather if I had a choice.


Whatís the wait time on his Knives? Some of those guys are 2-3 years out. Never mind, his back log is 3 years.... lol


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Old 12-12-2019, 12:59 PM   #17
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Bob does custom work and the wait is long. But his brand is ďDozier knivesĒ or ďArkansas made DozierĒ and can be found at a few dealers. I donít own any customs but I have had a couple of his mid tech blades and canít find a thing wrong with them. Same heat treat. Check AG russels website. They usually have quite a few in stock. And on dozerknives .com they have a featured inventory where thereís usually a few knives every week available for purchase.
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