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 Post subject: knife questions
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:18 am 

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OK what is the purpose of a carbon core knife clad in stainless I know for ease of maintenance. I assume the carbon blade holds a great edge so it creates less work for the carbon knife.
Does a carbon steel blade take a better edge.
Also why do they put stainless cladding on stainless

 Post subject: Re: knife questions
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:09 am 
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Without getting into the advantages/disadvantages of cladding a core steel in general.......a carbon core is clad with stainless for ease of maintenance.

Stating that "a carbon blade takes a better edge" as a general rule is not a valid statement today. Perhaps it was in yesteryear.....but not today. There are stainless steels that take just as good of an edge as their carbon brethren.


 Post subject: Re: knife questions
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:35 am 
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As for stainless clad on stainless core, I'm not sure, but cost may be a factor. 410 stainless is likely cheaper than a VG-10 stainless, so using a steel like VG-10 for the core only would be more affordable?

Damascus patterns can also be made by forging two steels together.

Anyone else know for sure about this topic?

As for ease in sharpening, I agree with Adam, some stainless steels are just as easy to sharpen as carbon steels and hold an edge longer vs. Carbon.

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 Post subject: Re: knife questions
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 3:11 pm 

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As I understand it the purpose of clad construction in a kitchen knife in general is to reduce costs: to reduce the cost of steel going into the knife, to reduce the costs of grinding and working the metal (and this also reduces the effort it takes for you to thin the knife afterward), to reduce the failure rate during heat treatment. This thread actually has some great information about different construction techniques.

So stainless-clad stainless is probably a cost thing. Stainless-clad carbon is probably cost and care.

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