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- Introduced in 1997. One of the toughest tool steels available, especially interesting considering its high wear resistance. In other words, there are other tougher tool steels, AISI S1 steel
for example, but none that have comparable wear resistance. CPM 3V also has 7.5% which definitely helps with corrosion resistance, although it is not a stainless steel, when it does stain, apparently it develops pitting, rather than surface rust. When maximum toughness is required, combined with very good wear resistance, 3V is a great choice. CPM 3V also works very well for small fixed blades and folders are high hardness 62-63HRC. Edge stability is very high even at 63HRC, because of its high toughness, and you won't have edge dulling due to microchipping, which does happen for many alloys at that hardness. See also CPM 3V in Knife Steel FAQ
Manufacturing Technology - CPM
Country - United States(US)
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