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Thanx 270hunter. Appreciate that!

In the past while, some have contacted me to determine if I used stainless steel on my knives. I was using Carbon Steel then, and still will be.

I recently purchased CPM Magnacut and looking forward to trying it out. Haven't heard a single bad thing about this steel. Appears to be a very popular within the knife crowd.

I also did some research on Nitro V Stainless Steel, and may give that a try also...
The heat treatment for Magnacut is certainly up there! 2050-2200F
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Old 06-30-2023, 05:02 PM
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The heat treatment for Magnacut is certainly up there! 2050-2200F
Yep.

I don't have the equipment to do that so will be sending the blades out for heat treating/tempering to the pros. It is actually not too bad cost wise. Shipping is a different story.

Many knife builders will do that for super steels anyway.

Good thing is I have a heat treat business about 50 klicks from my place...
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Old 07-10-2023, 02:18 PM
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Probably a 17 degree angle on that?
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Old 07-10-2023, 04:25 PM
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Yes, 17 degrees
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Old 07-10-2023, 05:45 PM
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We just finished up our meat birds on Saturday. 50 all together. Love putting the knives through the wringer, after cutting every throat and taking off legs of probably close half of those the old magnacut only reqired 4 strokes per side on a strop to remove the hair off my left arm! ..got a total of 6 pigs to slaughter and butcher as come Oct as well as all our big game...blades will get a good work out
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Old 07-10-2023, 06:20 PM
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We just finished up our meat birds on Saturday. 50 all together. Love putting the knives through the wringer, after cutting every throat and taking off legs of probably close half of those the old magnacut only reqired 4 strokes per side on a strop to remove the hair off my left arm! ..got a total of 6 pigs to slaughter and butcher as come Oct as well as all our big game...blades will get a good work out
He sure does make a nice knife.
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Old 07-10-2023, 06:54 PM
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Just sent 3 CPM Magnacut semi skinners to an outside source for a Heat Treat. I don't have the equipment for this super steel. This guy turns out to be 80 kms from my place (near Sundre). Hardness will be between 60-62.

Looking forward to play with them. Me thinking around 20/22 or so degrees edge, which I believe should be a very good all around edge.

What you guys think?
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Old 07-10-2023, 07:25 PM
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He sure does make a nice knife.
That one was the Seimbida... first blood on the knife!
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Old 07-10-2023, 07:26 PM
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Just sent 3 CPM Magnacut semi skinners to an outside source for a Heat Treat. I don't have the equipment for this super steel. This guy turns out to be 80 kms from my place (near Sundre). Hardness will be between 60-62.

Looking forward to play with them. Me thinking around 20/22 or so degrees edge, which I believe should be a very good all around edge.

What you guys think?
I have been doing 17 deg on my two magnacut blades and have no issues
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Old 07-10-2023, 07:29 PM
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Just sent 3 CPM Magnacut semi skinners to an outside source for a Heat Treat. I don't have the equipment for this super steel. This guy turns out to be 80 kms from my place (near Sundre). Hardness will be between 60-62.

Looking forward to play with them. Me thinking around 20/22 or so degrees edge, which I believe should be a very good all around edge.

What you guys think?
Phil, I canít wait to see what you turn out.

Magnacut is rated as a fairly tough steel, and it has become many kitchen knife makersí favourite new steel. Thus, it should be capable of riding bone pretty good during breaking down a carcass.

I think with its inherent toughness, youíd be wasting performance at 20-22 degrees. Maybe Iím being too nerdy, but why order a custom knife if you arenít gonna maximize cutting performance. Just a thought.
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Old 07-10-2023, 07:30 PM
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That one was the Seimbida... first blood on the knife!
You, you dirty knife sleaze, you!
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Old 07-11-2023, 02:40 AM
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Phil, I canít wait to see what you turn out.

Magnacut is rated as a fairly tough steel, and it has become many kitchen knife makersí favourite new steel. Thus, it should be capable of riding bone pretty good during breaking down a carcass.

I think with its inherent toughness, youíd be wasting performance at 20-22 degrees. Maybe Iím being too nerdy, but why order a custom knife if you arenít gonna maximize cutting performance. Just a thought.
Yup, it was designed so it could hold up with a thinner edge. I put a 15į per side edge on my North Arm Lynx in Magnacut and it has held up without issue. Of course it won't deal well with hammering on it but it isn't designed for that.

IIRC 62-63 hrc was a real sweet spot in edge retention and toughness. Hard enough for great edge retention but not hard enough that it will shatter.
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Old 07-11-2023, 06:09 AM
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Thanx guys. Makes sense. Will be my first time playing with Magnacut...
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Have a new one that cleared customs yesterday.
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Old 07-12-2023, 05:18 PM
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A Loveless style semi skinner.



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Old 07-12-2023, 05:37 PM
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Beautiful knife. You must have one too many now
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That is very nice indeed!

Nice to see what different knife makers have to offer...Thanx for sharing...
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Very nice. What steel?
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Old 07-12-2023, 08:36 PM
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The maker only works in CPM 154.
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Old 07-22-2023, 03:43 PM
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Old 07-22-2023, 03:45 PM
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Very Nice knife!

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Old 07-22-2023, 05:32 PM
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The maker only works in CPM 154.
In my eyes, a very good steel.

And a very nice knife!
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Old 07-22-2023, 07:25 PM
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In my eyes, a very good steel.
When heat treated properly it can be very good. My CPM-154, Phil Wilson filleting knife is still shaving sharp and being used to cut up plenty of fish and I havenít stropped or sharpened it now in two years.

Iíve already spoke with pathfinder but Iím interested in a long term review of this makers wares as I might have to buy one. They are beautiful.
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Old 07-22-2023, 07:56 PM
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The maker is a retired tool & die maker. I talked to him for an hour the other night. Mainly to order another knife, but he shared a bunch of his thoughts on knife construction and make up. He outsources his heat treat to a professional heat treat shop and says he canít do any better so why try. His guard fitment is quite interesting and he epoxies instead of soldering them. He is perfectly capable of soldering them on, but doesnít like some of the trouble that comes with them. They are also pinned and believe me when I say the pins are invisible. You canít see them. His liners and scales are perfectly fit and he uses stainless corby bolts exclusively.

Right at the end of our conversation he said, ďhey have you heard of CPM MagnacutĒ? I said that I had and he said he had just ordered some would he like me to use that. I agreed. He warned me that it doesnít polish well so will require a belt finish which Iím completely good with.
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Old 07-23-2023, 12:19 AM
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When heat treated properly it can be very good. My CPM-154, Phil Wilson filleting knife is still shaving sharp and being used to cut up plenty of fish and I havenít stropped or sharpened it now in two years.

Iíve already spoke with pathfinder but Iím interested in a long term review of this makers wares as I might have to buy one. They are beautiful.
There is something to be said for a steel that holds an edge moderately well and is easy to sharpen.

Donít think I wanna toy with Maxamet. Sounds like such a pain to sharpen.

I will tell you a steel that holds a crazy edge, and is pretty darn easy to sharpenÖ k390. But it patinas, well letís be honest, flat out discolours, right away. I wouldnít want that on a nice hunting knife.
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The maker only works in CPM 154.
I am perfectly content with CPM 154, even if there are newer steels that may hold an edge a little longer. In fact , even 154CM would easily do a moose or elk , without the need to touch it up, and it is very easy to restore the edge, when it does need to be touched up.
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I am perfectly content with CPM 154, even if there are newer steels that may hold an edge a little longer. In fact , even 154CM would easily do a moose or elk , without the need to touch it up, and it is very easy to restore the edge, when it does need to be touched up.
I would wager anything I have that no one on this site could tell the difference between cm and cpm.

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I would wager anything I have that no one on this site could tell the difference between cm and cpm.

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Tell the difference in use or explanation ?
CPM is crucibles powdered version of cm154. The particles are finer and more evenly distributed throughout the steel.

I would say most who have made knives from both can tell a difference, especially in the polishing and sharpening. Actual use of the knife would be harder to tell without really fair head to head tests.

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Old 07-23-2023, 10:31 AM
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Tell the difference in use or explanation ?
CPM is crucibles powdered version of cm154. The particles are finer and more evenly distributed throughout the steel.<

I would say most who have made knives from both can tell a difference, especially in the polishing and sharpening. Actual use of the knife would be harder to tell without really fair head to head tests.

Iíd bet not a single person on this site could tell the difference between one or the other in any type of blind test the mind could make up.

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