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Re: Note on O-1
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Note on O-1 ()

David Weaver
Yes, starrett. The only two O1 steels I've used are starrett and precision presco. Both are good in my experience. I'm wary of unbranded stuff just because the standard isn't that tight - like you say.

W1 is even worse. Most manufacturers make something in a narrow range, but the standard itself is very loose, so I bought 1095 bar stock instead only to see that the knife makers say generally finding the right manufacturer to get a tight spec on W1 is better. In their words, it's usually made cleaner and to a higher standard than 1095. (The range I saw on one page was 0.6-1.3% carbon(!!)).

Not sure how much 0.2% adds, but the 2.75% in 3V must add a LOT the way it sharpens.

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