Stainless steels can be divided into low alloy/pure steels and high alloy/super steels.
LOW ALLOY/PURE STEELS | The alloys in these steels are kept to a minimum and produce much finer grain structured materials with excellent sharpening capability...
- GINSAN | Silver 3 (60/61HRC)*
- VG1 | Lower alloyed version of VG10 but behaves allot like
- GINSAN if not slightly tougher (60/61HRC).
- AEB-L | a Swedish micro-carbide surgical steel often used for very high end mono-steel Japanese Knives.
- 19c27 | a Sandvik special Swedish Steel that is basically a Swedish version of Ginsan (61-62HRC).
HIGH ALLOY/SUPER STEELS | These steels are high in a variation of alloys to produce blades with extreme wear resistant properties in relation to their high carbon contents. The resulting materials are however quite laborious to resharpen when not regularly maintained...
- VG10 | Highest Carbon/Alloy variety of “Gold Standard” Takefu Special Steel (60-62HRC). Is the only VG type Steel to contain cobalt (which makes the steel tougher).
- VG5 | Lowest Carbon (although mid alloy) variant of “Gold Standard” Takefu Special Steel (58-59HRC).
- AUS10/10A | Think of this Steel as a slightly less tough yet easier to resharpen version of VG10 (60/61HRC)
- AUS8/MV | Same as AUS10 with a shorter edge retention (58/59HRC).
- COBALT SPECIAL | one of the latest super steels to come out of Takefu Special Steel. It is essentially a more wear resistant/longer lasting version of VG10 (60-62HRC).
*HRC refers to the Rockwell Hardness scale.