With names like Vanax SuperClean, Elmax and M390, the current reality of knife steel seems to be mimicking science fiction. All three of these steel variants are colloquially known as “super steels,” a class whose roster includes only the highest quality metal available. The term has been around for decades and is becoming increasingly common, but what actually qualifies steel to earn “super” as a descriptor?
What Is Super Steel?
“There definitely is a performance difference — it’s quantifiable,” says Martin Mills, who manages Benchmade’s technology center. The knife industry judges steel based on traits like corrosion resistance, edge retention, ability to withstand sudden impact (called toughness) and wear resistance, among others.
S30V used to be considered “Super Steel”. Now it is pedestrian. There will be another new SuperTerrifficHappySteel™ coming your way soon.View Linked Article