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Quality of Swiss Army knife steels?

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by Squaw Man Wolfer, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Squaw Man Wolfer

    Squaw Man Wolfer

    Apr 16, 2001
    In Him.
    While I have always been a big fan of Victorinox and Wenger Swiss Army knives, I have FINALLY come to the conclusion that their blade steel is pretty poor in edge holding quality. It is excellent for stainless, but my other knife steels seem to sharpen easier and hold edges far better.

  2. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

    Jun 14, 2005
    you're correct. new particle and specialty knife steels vastly exceed the capabilities of 'generic' stainless.

    shouldn't matter much if you keep'em sharp. I don't care for the steel OR the knives, would rather be forced to use a second-hand opinel as a last resort.

    sure is rostfrei, though. ;)

  3. dberry


    Jan 9, 2006
    I have always wondered what steel was used in some of my SAK but researching it can be a pain. Mine dont hold an edge well and are very easy to sharpen. I have never yet had a rust issue with any of my swiss army knives.