CPM S35VN is a martensitic stainless steel designed to offer improved toughness over CPM S30V. It is also easier to machine and polish than CPM S30V.
Its chemistry has been rebalanced so that it forms some niobium carbides along with vanadium and chromium carbides. Substituting niobium carbides for some of the vanadium carbides makes CPM S35VN about 15-20% tougher than CPM S30V without any loss of wear resistance. CPM S35VN’s improved toughness gives it better resistance to edge chipping. Because both vanadium and niobium carbides are harder and more effective than chromium carbides in providing wear resistance, the CPM stainless blade steels offer improved edge retention over conventional high chromium steels such as 440C and D2. The CPM process produces very homogeneous, high quality steel characterized by superior dimensional stability, grindability, and toughness compared to steels produced by conventional melting practices. Full Data sheet available here. http://www.crucible.com/PDFs/DataSheets2010/dsS35VNrev12010.pdf
Elmax Stainless Steel is produced by Bohler Uddeholm with the same powder process as the CPM steels. It is a Swedish steel that was developed for the cutlery industry. Elmax has very good wear resistance, dimensional stability, corrosion resistance, and high compressive strength. It makes a very good cutlery steel. Additional technical information can be found on there data sheet. http://www.bucorp.com/files/UDDEHOLM_ELMAX.pdf
Now that we covered the steel, let's take a look at the grind. I use the convex method of knife grinding. You can order your C3 knife with a convex Scandi grind, or a Full Height convex grind. The Scandi grind is an amazing grind for Bushcraft and wood working, while the full height convex will slice with the best of them. Each edge is hand ground and honed to razor sharpness. If unsure, you can tell me what the knife will be used for and I will put the correct grind on it.
The handles on C3 blades are epoxied and bolted for maximum strength. I have found Pins and epoxy to be inadequate, so every handle is bolted.
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