Types of Steel

 
Carbon steel is one of the most common choices for the weapon market. It is less susceptible to corrosion, so it lasts longer, and is also easy to sharpen. As carbon steel is harder than stainless steel, it is able to have a more acute edge without the risk of bending during contact with hard materials.

1055 Carbon Steel is commonly used for edged weapons, like swords, machetes, tomahawks, and knives. It is heat-tempered in order to reduce the possibility of breakage. There are only two components to Carbon Steel: Carbon (content being between .50% to .60%) and Manganese (content between .60% to .90%). Depending on the exact carbon content, 1055 Carbon steel has a quenched hardness of HRC 60-64, due to the use of lean alloy and the high carbon content. When quenched, 1055 carbon steel produces a nearly saturated lathe martensite that does not contain the brittleness common of other high carbon metals.

1055 Carbon Steel that has been drop forged means the carbon steel has been forged using a process in which a hammer is raised and then "dropped" in order to deform the steel into the shape of the die. This can be done with an open die, where the die does not enclose the metal being shaped, or with a closed die, where the metal is enclosed, leading to different shapes of completed materials.

Manufacturers who want a long lasting and durable blade often choose drop forged 1055 carbon steel, the result being blades of almost unmatched toughness for axes, hatchets, tomahawks, and other steel weaponry.

>>> See 1055 Carbon Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<Carbon steels are measured and classified by the amount of carbon content in the metal. There are three separate rating system when it comes to carbon steel If the content falls between 0.05% to 0.15% it is labeled a low carbon steel. For those who fall between 0.16% and 0.29% they are labeled mild steel. Both of these steels are good for various applications, but the most popular carbon steel is the high-grade variety, with carbon contents between .45% and .95%. This is the steel you want to see your sword, machete, and survivalist knife made out of. Although it is susceptible to corrosion, it is hard steel, made specifically for chopping and slicing.

Even though the steel is made for rough usage, 1060 is still a fairly inexpensive steel to manufacture and therefore buy. Because the carbon content is set at 60%, the metal is quite soft and easy to manipulate during the manufacturing process. 1060 steel may be forged by hand, by a dedicated metal press, or by specialized machinery that mill the metal into the desired design. It can also be hardened by the knife makers during the forging period, making this an ideal material to use in swords, knifes, blades, and daggers that the average consumer is likely to want and buy.

The steel is good for what it is designed for. It is tough, can take abuse, holds a keen edge over long periods of time and is inexpensive for the average person to purchase. The down side of this metal is the fact that it is corrosive, unlike its cousin stainless steel. One must be careful in taking care of anything that is made with carbon steel, polishing the blade after every use, and ensuring that it is not left out in the elements.

>>> See 1060 Carbon Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<10 Series Carbon Steel is a designation for plain carbon steel--meaning steel with carbon added and nothing else. The number 1 represents carbon and the zero means that there are no other elements present in the steel. The next two numbers show the amount of carbon that's been added to the steel alloy, so 1070 would equal 0.70 percent of carbon added to the steel. Any steel with greater than around 0.6 percent and less than 0.99 percent carbon added is designated as high carbon steel.

High carbon steel offers a good balance of durability and ease of care. Because of this, it is a common choice for cutting tools, drill bits, weapons and knives of all types. The higher carbon content produces a harder, tougher blade.

Because it doesn't have inclusions to help take impact, weapons made of this material also have a low to medium edge retention that is in part dependent on the hardness of the steel. However, because of that same lack of inclusions, this steel is very easy to sharpen and will take an extremely sharp edge. The steel's lack of the other metals that are contained in stainless can increase the chances of corrosion, but this can be reduced with proper blade care.

In general, 1070 High Carbon Steel is a great choice for rough use weapons. Blades made of this material require slightly more care than some other metals, but because of their composition that care is easier and more affordable.

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Thanks to its extreme strength, carbon steel is a popular material for making a variety of industrial and commercial products, including tools, metal piping, cutting blades and springs. There are many different grades of carbon steel, and each type possesses slightly different properties that render it useful for different applications. The combination of properties possessed by 1075 carbon steel make it an excellent choice for knives and other blades.

Like all steel, the main element in 1075 carbon steel is iron, which makes up over 98 percent of the total composition. As the name would suggest, carbon is the second most plentiful element, comprising between .7 and .8 percent of the total make-up. The designation 1075 refers to the fact that 1075 carbon steel contains an average of .75 percent carbon. Although .75 percent carbon by composition may seem low, it is a relatively high percentage of carbon when compared to other types of steel and means that 1075 carbon steel is considered to be high carbon grade of steel. Sulfur, manganese, phosphorus and other trace elements are also present at much lower percentages. 1075 carbon steel melts at 2,760F and can be hot worked at temperatures ranging between 200F and 900F.

The crystalline arrangement of steel gives it unique properties of strength and hardness. Cold working steel at temperatures below the point of crystallization further enhances the strength of all types of carbon steel. Quenching, a process of rapidly cooling steel during production, and tempering, a process of heating that removes some of the brittleness of steel, also serve to increase strength. 1075 carbon steel is a rather brittle material, but this property helps it achieve a sharp edge and retain sharpness over time, both of which are desirable properties in knives, axes and tools. A popular choice for creating knives that shall be used daily and under extreme conditions is carbon steel. This particular steel lends itself well to rough usage. It is simply stronger, a lot more durable, and much easier to sharpen than its cousin stainless steel. What makes this metal tougher is the near absence of chromium, the alloy used to make stainless steel corrosive resistant. 1095 is the great compromise one gets between a blade built with hardness in mind, ensuring a keen edge, and one built with suppleness, the factor needed for strength.

Oddly enough, carbon steels typically contain less carbon then stainless steel blades. Yet it is the carbon that is the main ingredient in the metal. Once mixed, the raw material is harder and stronger than regular stainless steel. This allows the designed blades to hold a much sharper and better-defined edge. This particular steel is extremely popular with artisans that create swords. Since it is harder overall, it is more difficult to forge a proper blade with 1095 than with other types of carbon steels. Knife makers put in more time ensuring the shape and polish of their final products is perfect for the consumer. This type of attention usually comes with a higher price tag.

Although the steel is nearly perfect for a hearty sword, one must keep in mind that the absence of chromium, the very reason it is harder, stronger, and faster to sharpen, makes the metal susceptible to corrosion. The blades are simply quicker to dull because of abrasion due to the friction a person would place the blade through. These carbon steel blades must be properly cared for quickly after every use. Keeping them sheathed at all times is also a necessity in ensuring a long life for your carbon steel blade.

>>> See 1095 Carbon Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<Steel has made yet another advance with the advent of 2Cr13. The ground-breaking properties of 2Cr13 stainless steel allows for a variety of applications ranging from the production of domestic knives to heavy-duty metals used in military manufacturing. One advantage offered by 2Cr13 stainless steel in addition to its inherent strength is its ability to use Black-Oxide coating which makes it extremely resistant to corrosion.

This advance reduces the onset of corrosion by essentially working to reduce how porous the steel is. 2Cr13 stainless steel is particle-reinforced for added strength and resilience. Immersion tests have revealed that this steel has a finer matrix structure resulting in an increased tinsel strength, and the electrostag remelting process used in manufacturing it makes it highly versatile. In addition to the pure molecular strength of the steel, the added Black-Oxide coating further increases the resistance to a variety of corrosive materials.

Black-Oxide coating is a process in which a conversion coat is added to minimize the amount of light a surface reflects in addition to increasing its overall strength. The mixture is further enhanced with the inclusion of oil or wax for industrial purposes.

In order to achieve these results, the metal is placed in a bath of nitrates, nitrides, and sodium hydroxide. The chemical reaction that takes place converts the surface of the metal to magnetite. This hot-bath procedure for applying Black-Oxide coating offers many advantages towards increasing the efficiency of the manufacturing process. It allows for the production of large quantities of metals, makes no significant impact on the metal's surface dimensions, and is a cheaper alternative to processes involving electroplating.

>>> See 2Cr13 Stainless Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<3CR13 stainless steel is a type of Chinese graded stainless steel similar to the 420J2 series popular in the continental United States. Regardless of how it is called, this steel is one of the most popular metals on the market when creating affordable and durable knives. It is extremely easy to sharpen this particular metal to a fine edge or point. Add the fact that the 3CR13 adds alloys to improve the natural resistance of corrosion already found in stainless steel and you have a tough metal made for daily use by the average consumer. Knife makers around the world like to use and manipulate this steel, creating inexpensive yet durable blades. In fact, this is one of the most commonly used metals for divers because of its intense resistance to corrosion, no matter the weather conditions.

The Chinese grade goes a little further by adding Molybdenum and Vanadium to the raw metal. Adding Molybdenum increases the strength of the metal when forging new designs. The hardness of the material itself goes higher, making the metal tougher overall. This hardness correlates directly with major improvements in machine work along with making the already corrosion resistant material even harder to damage. Adding vanadium to the mixture also adds to the strength of the metal. It becomes more wear resistant, adding years of life to the sharp edges and specialty weapons. It increases the toughness, allowing the metal to be used daily during intense work regimes.

This metal is ideal for manufacturing smaller knives with sharper blades. The inexpensive cost adds to the appeal for the average consumer. Companies are better equipped to deliver reliable, sharp blades for everyday life, along with utility knives made specifically for extreme outdoor conditions such as scuba diving and all around wilderness survival knifes, daggers, and blades.

>>> See 3CR13 Stainless Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<4140 is a type of steel grade used by the Society of Automotive Engineers. It is sometimes called chromoly steel due to the fact that the alloys used in making the metal include molybdenum and chromium. The steel has exceptional strength to it when compared to its overall weight. It is considered superior to its standard cousin, 1020 steel, for it is by far stronger, tougher, and harder. The addition of the alloys in the right proportions also makes the steel extraordinarily resistant fatigue stress fractures.

As one would assume, this steel is extremely popular in the automotive world. The ability of manufacturers to manipulate the outer metal while keeping the bulk of it stable, makes it ideal to form such pieces as gears for cars and planes, heavy duty crankshafts, fast moving pistons, and durable bike frames on your everyday bike. The metal is also used in many automotive axels, during the construction of important aerospace products, and for making high end firearms used by military and civilians alike. You can find this type of metal everywhere; transporting pressurized gas through pipes across cities, saving numerous lives as a roll cage in a wide range cars, structural tubing for high end motorcycles and architecture, and even in military firearms receivers.

All of these great properties come with their own drawbacks. Since 4140 steel is so hard and tough, it is also extremely difficult to weld it properly. A person would need to perform several steps before the initial weld and after the completion of the weld in order to avoid cracking the metal. The chromium in this steel has also been reduced in order to strengthen some of the other properties. Unfortunately, this makes 1440 stainless steel a bit more prone to corrosion when exposed to extreme climates.

>>> See 4140 Stainless Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<420 is the numerical designation for a grade of stainless steel. The 400 series includes ferritic and martensitic chromium alloys, with 420 specifically referring to Cutlery Grade martensitic, which is similar to Brearley's original rustless steel and possesses excellent polishability.

Type 420 Stainless Steel, a modification of 410, has a higher carbon content to increase hardness, improve strength and give better wear resistance. Type 420 Stainless Steel provides both corrosion resistance as well, and is commonly used in dental and surgical instruments, cutlery, plastic molds, pump shafts, steel balls, and numerous hand tools.

Type 420 resists corrosion by the atmosphere, fresh water, steam, carbonic acid, crude oil, gasoline, perspiration, alcohol, ammonia, mercury , sterilizing solutions, soaps and other similar corrosives.

>>> See 420 Stainless Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<5150 carbon steel is a durable and a high-purity alloy that imparts extreme strength to any tool. Unlike most steels which contain high levels of impurities such as phosphorus, silicon and silver, 5150 carbon steel is primarily composed of carbon and iron. While all types of steel contain impurities known collectively as "slag," carbon steel manufacturers are required to keep impurity levels down to a predefined maximum. Manufacturers are also required to ensure that carbon makes up at least 0.12% of the alloy, with an upper limit of 2%.

5150 carbon steel falls in the middle of that range, yielding particularly hard steel. The process known as "drop forging" is essential in attaining this hardness. Other methods such as press forging and roll forging are not suited to weapon-grade carbon steel. For this reason, most knife and tactical tomahawk manufacturers form their blades via drop forging and may also indicate as much on the blade itself. The process involves mechanically hammering the red-hot carbon steel between two dies, or molds. In this way, the manufacturer removes more slag from the hot metal than if they had simply used a machine to cut away at the block of iron until they achieved the desired shape. Additionally, when the iron is hammered, the crystalline pattern within the steel aligns more readily than in other methods, creating a harder finished product.

5150 carbon steel is ideal for knives and other throwing weapons because it provides greater durability in areas of the blade with thick cross-sections. Unlike carbon steel, a lower-grade steel can shatter if it impacts a similarly hard surface when thrown. Additionally, high-carbon steels provide greater flexibility than types of steel with more slag, and although this feature may not be readily apparent to human hands, it can have a huge impact on performance.

>>> See 5150 Carbon Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<Stainless steel is classified only if it has a minimum of 11% chromium when produced. Both Chinese and American steel companies manufacture what is termed as 7CR17 stainless steel. This type of steel is comparable with the American grade 440A. It is a popular alternative when making budget knives for the average consumer market. The steel is easy to sharpen to the desired edge. As all stainless steel, it is corrosive resistant and fairly durable when used properly. Like 440a, 7CR17 is an inexpensive metal to manufacture making it ideal for companies to produce thousands of well-made, designer, and utility knives at an affordable prize.

The biggest difference between 7CR17 and its counterpart is the added alloys of molybdenum and vanadium. These alloys are added for specific reasons, and it is the adding of the alloys that allows for a low cost on the consumer end. Molybdenum increases the strength of the stainless steel. When forging the products, the metal has a better ability to harden, making it easier to produce blades more efficiently. It also adds to the toughness of the blade, making it ideal for knives and similar products. Molybdenum also improves the ability of machines to produce quality products.

The addition of vanadium adds to these properties also. Vanadium increases the overall strength of the product. It is actually more wear resistant as the product is tougher. The metal becomes very hard, a good property to have when talking about blades. This makes the already easy task of sharpening the blade even easier. Vanadium makes the overall product even more inexpensive to manufacture and the savings is passed down to the consumer. The one thing one must take into account is that by adding these alloys, the hardness of the metal becomes a liability. Although tougher, it is easier to chip.

>>> See 7CR17 Stainless Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<Manufactured by Toyota Group member Aichi Seikō or Aichi Steel, a Japanese steel manufacturer producing hot-rolled, molded, and forged metals as well as stainless steel structures, AUS-6 steel is part of their group of stainless steel products created with varying degrees of corrosion resistance and hardness including AUS-4, AUS-8 and AUS-10.

Similar to often used 440A steel, AUS-6 stainless steel is considered a somewhat entry level Asian made steel used mostly in kitchen cutlery, pocket knifes, cutting tools, and sporting blades. Like 440A, AUS-6 has an approximate carbon content of 65% but has the added elements of vanadium and nickel to improve its resistance to wear, its anti-corrosive properties, and its and overall toughness.

Usually hardened to a Rockwell Scale index of RC 55-58, AUS-6 stainless steel is designed to be honed to a very fine edge for a sharp, easy cutting blade. Its ease of sharpening and ability to carry a finer edge does come at a sacrifice, as AUS-6 stainless steel has a bit of a diminished quality in the area of edge retention. While easily and accurately sharpened, blades constructed of AUS-6 will require more frequent resharpening as they will dull easier.

The anodized version of AUS-6 stainless steel has been treated with the electrolytic process of anodizing passivation to increase its already natural resistance to corrosion, staining, and general wear. In anodizing, the steel being treated is made an anode in an electrical circuit which creates an increase in the natural oxide layer on the steel’s outer surface to enhance its toughness and hardness. Anodizing can also be used to create cosmetic surface treatments such as colored dye absorption for decoration or matte finishing.

>>> See AUS-6 Stainless Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<Aus 6 stainless steel is produced by Aichi Steel corporation located in Japan. This steel varies somewhat from the steel readily purchased in the continental United States. The manufactures have added the alloy vanadium to the raw material. Vanadium improves the overall performance of the steel in various ways. Even though stainless steel is already a corrosion resistant metal, the added vanadium raises this property higher. It makes the steel tougher overall, a useful trait for some of the niche applications it is used in. The vanadium is also instrumental in making the surface and edge of the metal a lot easier to sharpen.

Comparison wise, Aus 6 is extremely similar to 440 stainless steel. The Aus series is used mostly for making knives, blades, and cutlery. It is the perfect metal for such tools, and the relatively inexpensive material leaves manufactures the ability to make serviceable products and offer them to the average consumer at a decent price. The steel does hold an edge better than regular stainless steel because of the added alloy, and maintenance of the product is easy. A simple wipe with water and a cloth will keep the surface, and edge, clean and serviceable.

Although it is a great product to use, knife connoisseurs tend to stay away from this steel. They longer the blade of a particular knife, the more chance of stress fractures when applied to heavy work. Depending on the usage of the particular blade, and the design of the knife, Aus 6 may be brittle and nicked. As with any metal product, the consumer must take into account exactly what the usage of the product shall be. If you are looking for a good, inexpensive blade for minimal use, AUS 6 is the perfect choice for your needs.

>>> See AUS-6 Stainless Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<Brass is an alloy, which is made by combining cooper, zinc and various other metals, depending on the desired use of the final product. Brass has been made for thousands of years throughout the world yet it wasn’t until 300AD that it became popular in certain European nations, and production of the alloy increased accordingly. Brass receives its characteristic yellow tone from the amount of zinc used in the initial preparation. Less zinc will yield a more reddish hue and are sometimes referred to as red brass, while more zinc shall give it a soft, buttery yellow hue.

Brass is made for a number of reasons, and its uses are only limited by the alloy itself. The combination of zinc and cooper make this alloy a lot stronger than cooper yet it is not nearly as strong as other metals, such as steel. Adding metals to the original mixture is done in order to make the alloy more malleable when being worked through a machine, to make the alloy harder so that it is easier to forge, and to prevent corrosion. Today, brass is used in all kinds of applications, including: casings for weapons, pipes used for plumbing, decorative pieces for the home, a wide range of musical instruments, and even weather-stripping.

Brass is a beautiful and useful alloy, yet most of the products created with it must be lacquered before the average consumer purchases them. The lacquer helps prevent corrosion due to the elements. A person should take into account that anything made out of brass needs extra care. It is never to be cleaned with abrasive chemicals, which might strip the lacquer from the brass and leave it vulnerable for pitting and corrosion. Alcohol and vinegar are the best ingredients for cleaning, followed by a light sheen of olive oil as a polish.

>>> See Brass Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<Steel that is treated before being made into an object is called forged steel. This process hardens the steel, making it stronger after it is made. The process of forging steel has been used for hundreds of years by blacksmiths, the most renowned coming from early China and Persia. In our modern world, specialized machines create most of the forged steel available to the average consumer. Hand forged steel is still available if one is willing to pay the prize for a handmade item.

There are two different techniques used when forging steel. Depending on the ultimate usage of the metal, steel may be hot or cold forged. The most popular technique is hot forging the metal. This is done by heating the metal to an extraordinary temperature. The heated metal is then casted into shapes, such as blades, and the metal is more durable under stress. One must consider the scale formation when hot forging. A possible disadvantage on hot forging is that the metal is less durable in precise locations. There is also the possibility of the metal warping into an undesired shape when cooling.

Cold forging is not really cold as we have come to define the term. The forging process takes place closer to room temperature. The best metals for this type of process are carbon alloy steels. The most popular process is impression forging. This is when the raw metal is placed against a predetermined cast of the desired product. A hydrolytic hammer is than dropped on the metal, forcing it to take the shape of the cast. Although this process is better overall in terms of cost production and final products, it has its own disadvantages. The metal surface must be cleaned before attempting to cold forge and one needs heavier, specialized machinery to accomplish it.

>>> See Forged Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<Stainless steel come is various grades and the grades are due to exactly what the composition of the metal is. The term high-grade is used to describe steel that is particularly resistant to corrosion and is considered extremely hygienic. The surface of this metal is non-porous, which means it needs no additives or polishes to complete the sealing of the product. This steel will never flake of its own volition. Microorganism such as harmful bacteria cannot adhere to the surface of the steel. Dirt also has a problem with high-grade steel, making the metal seem as if it needs no care.

The steel is highly corrosive resistant and practically heat proof. A good portion of major appliances, such as stoves and microwaves, uses the steel for this very purpose. It is also 100% recyclable, making it popular with consumers who are concerned with the environmental impact we leave to future generations. The steel is highly stable, another reason it is used for such things as food storage and medical grade instruments. The applications for high-grade steel are nearly endless.

Because of the many positive qualities connected with this steel, many consumers naively believe that anything made with high-grade steel is maintenance free. Although it shall not corrode, proper care must be taken to ensure it stays as vibrant as the day of purchase. Refrigerators are a popular high-end item made with high-grade stainless steel. This beautiful appliance sees a lot of traffic in an average household, and anyone who owns one will tell you that fingerprints are the biggest culprit against the surface. Abrasive cleaners are not a good choice for cleaning stainless steel. Keep in mind that the metal is non-porous, cleaning it is as simple as using warm water and a soft cloth.

>>> See High-Grade Stainless Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<Each person has his own preference as to what type of handle they prefer on their tools. For that reason as well as for other reasons there are tools made with different types of handles. For today though, we will concentrate on impact resistant hardwood ones.

Knives

Knives come in various styles and sizes because they are used for different sorts of things. For example, you would probably want to use a switchblade to blaze a path through a forest when a good bowie knife will do a better job.

The same holds true for handle types. Impact resistant hardwood is a good tough material that will hold up well in any knife application. It should be noted though that handles of any type should be made of hardwood due to its strength, stability and longevity.

Axes

Anytime you are using an axe it should have an impact resistant hardwood handle. You will greatly appreciate the impact resistant part when you start chopping that old oak down! While you will still feel it all the way from your hands to your back, the impact is less than it could be. Being made from hardwood also means that it can be more accurately designed for not only your hands but also to be aesthetically pleasing.

Tomahawks

A tomahawk just does not look right unless it has a wooden handle. Although there are some steel handled ones out there the more popular ones have always been the ones with hardwood handles. Since these tools are also thrown as well as being used for chopping the hardwood handles will be lighter and easier to manage.

To find out more about the types of knives, axes and tomahawks that have impact resistant hardwood handles just stop by Tomahawk Database and you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about them.N690CO (aka N690, aka Austrian Cobalt steel) is a fairly new steel alloy made by Bohler in their Austrian mill, which is why it is more commonly found used in European blades. Essentially a cobalt variant of 440C, there are no huge performance differences as far as abrasion resistance and hardness go, but there is a difference nonetheless. The composition is similar to that of 440C steel with comparable amounts of carbon, chromium, and molybdenum, but N690co also contains Cobalt and a tiny amount of Vanadium. A high percentage of free Chromium makes this steel very stain resistant

In side-by-side rope cutting comparisons, the edge retention of N690co matched that of 154CM and VG10 when all three were hardened to HRC-59. N690co blades sharpened almost as easily as AUS8 and take an edge every bit as fine. The addition of tiny amounts of Vanadium is reputed to produce alloys with finer grain structure, allowing it to take an extremely fine edge and hold it well, while the added Cobalt improves wear resistance and edge retention.

Overall, N690co steel would be suitable replacement for 154CM or VG10. Sharp, durable, and easy to shaprnpen, it's a great choice for any bladed tool. One of the first companies to use N690 steel in their knives was Extrema Ratio, and the steel was well-received. It was and is still considered an exceptional steel that performs up there with VG-10. Fox Knives Military Division in Italy is also well-know for using N690co steel in their blades.

>>> See N690co Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<Stainless steel was first introduced to the general population in the early part of the 20th century. Sold under various names until well into the 20s, stainless steel became a big seller in the US. The steel itself is made so that it does not corrode easily and it will not rust nor stain when immersed in water. There are a multitude of grades and finishes in stainless steel, each a direct answer to varying applications and environmental needs. The biggest difference between stainless steel and carbon steel is the presence of chromium. This one agent is the difference between a metal that easily rusts when exposed to the elements and the stainless steel finish we have come to expect from the products.

With over 150 grades of stainless steel to choose from, the metal is used in a variety of everyday products. Modern day cookware, cutlery and utility blades, household items such as mixing bowls, precise surgical instruments, household appliances in every size, in automobiles, and even architecture are some of the things you will find that use the metal.

Stainless steel is popular for a very good reason. Apart from the fact that it does not stain nor rust, the metal is durable and easy to apply to any project. The consumer is also able to recycle 100% of the metal. When using stainless steel, one needs to pay close attention at the grade of the product and keep in mind the usage. Not all stainless steel metals are made alike. In the 200 series, the manufacturers decrease the nickel content while increasing the manganese content, making the metal a bit more corrosive. The 300 series, which happens to be the most widely used by consumers, is manufactured in such a way as to increase the level of corrosion resistance.

>>> See Stainless Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<When you are looking for information on steel blades on tomahawks, axes or knives then you need to check out the selection at Tomahawk Database. They have almost every type imaginable listed there with information such as who manufactured it, what type of tool it is, the type of edge it has, blade type, the length of the entire tool as well as the edge and how much it weighs. They also give brief descriptions of each item.

Knives

Are you aware that there are myriad types of "steel" blades that are actually made from a steel alloy? If the main material in the alloy is steel then it can be legally marketed as a "steel" blade. This is important because different steel alloys have different strengths and therefore are available for use in different applications. For example, Spring steel is popularly used in knife blades because of it having the properties of good resistance to wear and its toughness. For good stability in the edge and resistance to wear some knife manufacturers use O1 steel alloy. These manufacturers include Mad Dog Knives as well as Randall Knives.

Axes

Axe blades have evolved through the millennia. When axes were first invented they did not even have handles. The blade was held in the hand and made of stone. As time passed and technology advanced they began being made by things such as copper, iron, bronze and yes, steel.

Tomahawks

Tomahawks and axes are basically the same tool with subtle differences. First, there is a popular belief that tomahawks are better for throwing than axes. The most noticeable difference though is the fashion in which the handle has been attached to the blade. That being said, most tomahawks now have steel blades just like axes.

No matter what type of knife, axe or tomahawk you are looking for, you can find out exactly which ones have steel blades at Tomahawk Database.

>>> See Steel Tomahawks and Hand Axes <<<You know you have seen them before but have you ever wondered why someone would not only put studs in hardwood but also why they would use it as a handle for a tool? No worries, today you will find the answers.

Tomahawks

Tomahawks were traditionally made from wood. Hardwood is the best sort of wood for this because of the strength of it. Tomahawks also have a history of being decorated. Things such as feathers, paint, beads and yes…even studs were put on them not only to differentiate one from another but as far as Native Americans were concerned to show a belonging or sense of loyalty to one’s tribe.

Knives

Knives and any other tool can have hardwood handles for the same reason as tomahawks…strength. Studs are sometimes added for appearances and sometimes they are added because a designer might think that they will add to the grip.

Axes

You will find axes with all sorts of handles. Traditionally they were made from hardwood though. Although now we see more of them with metal handles and slip free grips you once could find studded hardwood axe handles all over the place. Sometimes this was done for decoration while sometimes it was used as a sort of symbol or mark for the maker. Sort of like when we see a swoosh on a shoe we know that it is a Nike shoe today.

While those are by far not the only reasons for studded hardwood handles they are the most common ones. True collectors will know that these are fine pieces to have if you can find them.

Find out more about these types of tools, blades and handles at Tomahawk Database. They are just a click away and chock full of all sorts of information on this subject.You know you have seen them…the knives with the textured black handles. You have seen them in knife shops, at gun shows, and probably even in the hands of a fishing or hunting buddy. They are quite popular actually. Why do you think that is?

Looks

There is no other look like textured black metal on a knife handle. It gives it a more lethal look while still managing to look stylish. Textured black metal handles call to mind black ops in the jungle and things of that nature.

Durability

Different types of metal have different amounts of durability. That being said, knife handles are made to be tough because flimsy just won’t cut it. J As far as handles on knives go you do not want them to break right when you are at a crucial stage in whatever you happen to be using it for. Something like that could be dangerous and is to be avoided whenever it is possible.

Personal Preference

Ultimately, why do people buy particular types of knives anyway? It could be that they need a specific knife for a specific purpose or it could be that they are a collector or any other reason. In the end, there are generally different versions of the same knife and it ends up being personal preference that wins out over the others. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a textured black metal handle.

If you want to find out more about which types of knives come equipped with textured black metal handles then head on over to Tomahawk Database. It is called database because it is a storehouse of information on not only knives but tomahawks and even axes too. If there is something that you want to know about any of those items, that is the place to learn it.