So I'm having a custom knife built in S35VN here in the next month. I have heard both good and bad about this steel, but it seems like the hardness is the determining issue. Many common knife makers are using this steel in current production, but it seems like it is only hardened to 58-59. Is this sufficient hardness to bring out the best characteristics of this steel? I'm thinking about doing a 60 on my blade, as it seems like it will bring out a better edge without compromising the toughness.
What do you all say? What has been your experience with S35VN?
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