vg-10 or D2?

Discussion in 'Blades' started by PaleHorse, Nov 6, 2006.

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  1. PaleHorse
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    hi all,
    Which do you think would be better for a daily carry fixed?
    VG-10 stainless or not completly stainless D2 high chromium, high carbon tool steel? They both claim to have a 60-62 RC and the price is about the same maybe $10 more for the VG-10. Anyone have any experience with these metals?
    Also what benefit realistically am I giving up If i go with a 3" blade vs a 4"? I know maybe dressing large game will be a bit more difficult, but in my area if the shtf there will be a lot more cats and squirrels than deer[stirpot]
    thnx y'all
  2. Bear
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    I don't have any real personal experience with these steels in a side by side comparison....

    Here are some good links discussing the benefits of them

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=218336
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-238925.html
    http://spyderco.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17752

    Here's a really good all around resource for steels by a guy who tests them to destruction in many cases.... Stamp has a pretty good reputation... and tests alot of knives by alot fo makers....

    http://www.physics.mun.ca/~sstamp/knives/blade_materials.html

    Its all in Heat Treat.... take great steel for the right purpose and don't heat treat it properly and it will disappoint you every time..... JMHO....

    Hope this helps...;)
  3. Bishop Reigns
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    I have a ATR from Spyderco in VG-10 and love it. But to be honest I'd have to go with the D2 for a small fixed blade. Simply because I just like carbon steel's better when in the field. Easier to sharpen. Just my .02

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