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High-Performance Blades Sharing ideas for getting the most out of our steel.

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Old 05-04-2017, 08:03 PM
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01 for competition chopper or ???

Made my self a chopper out of 1/4 inch 01 and love how it chops, but, is there a better high carbon steel other than 01 which may be more suitable for chopping.

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It depends on what you as an individual likes, and more so what you're comfortable working with. I have won several cutting competitions over the years..... my personal preference for a competition "chopper" is 52100 or SUJ-2 (a double vacuum melt version of 52100).

I won one event using a blade of 5160 just to prove a point about the steel... there were several other Makers who scoffed at the idea of using 5160....they said it would never "make it through a cutting competition".... but if the blade is built/heat treated for the purpose(s), it makes a great chopper.

That being said, keep in mind that I forge the majority of my blades, and have spent years working on the heat treatment and geometry. (that's why I mentioned "what you're comfortable working with").


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Old 05-06-2017, 08:35 PM
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Thanks Ed, I do not have any other experience other than 01 for choppers, but I do like how it preforms on the dozen or so larger bladed knives I have made, I guess the ease of heat treat has kept me using it along with how nice the edge stays after chopping through a 2x4.

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