Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:22 pm
Is it different for every type of steel or universal?
Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:48 pm
I'm not real experienced with metallurgy, so for what it is worth:
Each steel has a different range of attainable hardnesses based on the heat treating. So it does differ some from steel to steel. Some steels can handle high hardnesses without chipping...others not so much.
The optimum hardness depends on what you are using the edge for. A softer edge cannot take as acute an angle as a harder one, but the softer steel will not chip as easily. For an ax or machete softer means more durability and sharpness is not that big of a deal. On a sushi knife a really sharp edge that is a bit delicate is a better trade off.
Even a given task does not automatically imply a single hardness as ideal. A chef knife can vary in hardness depending on whether you have good technique or not or what ingredients you use most frequently. In general lower hardnesses are better for bone in cuts of protein, hard vegetables, novice knife users, poor quality cutting surfaces, etc. Higher hardnesses are better for finer cuts in softer materials (ie. no bones or anything frozen) using good technique on a quality cutting surface.
So the question: is what are you doing and how are you doing it?
Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:49 pm
differs on heat treat, steel, and application.
but usually around 60rc is a good medium.
Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:32 am
666 <> Optimal is preferential, and as CEDAR sums up, it depends on numerous factors.
Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:48 pm
To understand "Optimal Hardness", it might be beneficial to understand some steel terms:
Toughness = A steel's ability to resist chipping or breaking
Wear resistance = how well it resists wear
Strength = a steels ability to resist deformation which is indicated by the HRC
Strength and toughness are usually polar opposites.....raise the strength, lower the toughness. Makes sense, right? Raise the hardness of the steel, the more likely it is to chip (lower toughness).
Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:01 am
Thank You Adam!
So the optimal steel is the one that has high HRC yet does not chip easily.
Would this be an accurate description?
Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:06 am
666 <> What is your native tongue?
Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:29 pm
Oregato Mel san,
Or ....thank You Mel,
I am an american (in Japanese.)
I was born in Ukraine, lived all my life in US, traveled to 34 countries, speak very badly in 5-6 languages.
Sun Oct 27, 2013 2:23 am
I am American born. Three generations back (my great-grandfather) on one side is Ukraine...
Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:01 am
I speak very badly in just one language.
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