We use a variety of high carbon, stainless, and alloy steel to make our knives. Each knife is constructed with the best steel choice to benefit the user in what they intend to use the knife for. So if someone ask for a dive knife, we would choose a steel that has a high corrosion resistance, or a hunting knife, we would choose a steel that has a great edge retention. All steels are heat treated differently and must be done properly to bring out the maximum performance in that steel.
We are dedicated to making the best knife possible. So much we have our own cryogenic processor in the shop. Cryogenic treatment is a very important and expensive step in the treatment of knife steels. There has been a lot of research that proves cryogenic treatment improves stainless and alloy steels greatly. Many knife makers believe dipping blades into liquid nitrogen is a proper liquid nitrogen treatment. This is incorrect, if the steel is not cooled slowly and correctly thermal shock can occur resulting in microscopic fractures and can harm the steel. This process increases the Rockwell hardness of the steel, ensures a full austenite to martensite transformation and stabilizes the steel. This results in improved edge retention and toughness. Knives made of D2 steel have been proven to perform eight times greater with a deep cryogenic treatment. The cryogenic treatment process must happen right after being heat treated to get the best results. This is why we have our own cryogenic processor and we don’t ship our blades to another source to treat them.
We use a variety of stainless steels and carbon steels. Our treatment of steels can take over 60 hours with certain steels.
No stainless steels will be forged. They need to be heat treated in an oxygen free environment. We use high carbon and alloy steels for forging. All of the Damascus used in our knives are hand forged here by us and are our recipes and designs.
440C– This steel has an excellent corrosion resistance when mirror polished. 440C toughness and edge retention is improved greatly with the cryogenic treatment.
CPM154CM-This steel takes a very nice mirror polish. Has a excellent corrosion resistance. Cryogenic treatment improves this steels edge retention and toughness.
S30V-This steel does not take a high polish. It doesn’t have the corrosion resistance like Nitro V, 440C, or CPM 154 but is better than carbon steels.
Nitro V– This knife steel will hold an edge similar to a carbon steel. Professional guides have processed as many as 15 deer without sharpening. It takes a high polish. Cryogenic treatment improves this steel greatly.
D2– This steel takes a nice polish. Will look kind of cloudy. This steel has the greatest effect when cryo treated. Has a corrosion resistance but will corrode if not taken care of.
1095-This steel is a plain carbon steel. Very easy to sharpen. Has a nice edge retention. Will corrode easily if not taken care of. Used in our Damascus blades.
15N20-This steel we use in our Damascus. The nickel in the steel stands out when acid etched to bring out patterns.
52100-This steel is a ball bearing steel. This was our favorite steel when we first started. Easy to sharpen and holds a edge well. Will corrode if not taken care of, but has a better corrosion resistance than 1095.