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VG-1 Stainless Steel for Knife Blades

VG-1 Stainless Steel

Manufacturer: Takefu Special Steel

VG-1 is a cutlery steel from the same guys that brought us the venerable VG-10. VG-1 is not as commonly used, but performance is similar to that of AUS-8. Currently, Cold Steel is the only major knife company that uses and markets this steel. Around 2006, they replaced all their AUS-8 knives with VG-1.

Though made by the same company as VG-10, and with a similar looking name, it does not hold an edge as long as VG-10. It does sharpen up a little more quickly and can be hardened to RC61, taking a wickedly sharp edge.

Composition

C Co Cr Mn Mo Si S Ni V
0.95-1.05 - 13-15 - 0.2-0.4 - - < 0.25 -
Values are shown in percentages.