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Old 02-13-2024, 09:28 PM
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Would you buy-use ATS-34 these days?

Came across a retired maker that is looking to sell a mix of ATS-34 and CM154. Thoughts?

I personally like the ATS-34 though in these times, collectors give it a thumb down.


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Old 02-14-2024, 08:41 AM
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I stopped using it a long time ago. Good old BG-42 was better IMO and eventually I replaced that with S30V. If you don't think your customers will want it then the answer is obvious . . .


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Old 02-15-2024, 02:43 PM
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So many nice usable steels that the marketing trends push them aside, that's the way it is though. Some guys were debating Bohler 690, 695 and 440C, a passer buy blurted it has to be Magnacut in jest.

Started a refurb project with some carbon steel knives from the 60's. It's not a hard steel as a file will cut into it easily. The user prefers them to the Shun and a Henckles that were bought to replace them. The Henckles chef knife was given as a partial exchange for this project, that Henckles is a nice knife. More sentimental side to these knives so I understand that the performance tech is not part of this users priority.
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