SOG F17N-CP Bad Axe Backcountry Knif

 

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Blade Type Information: 1055 Carbon 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.

Handle Material Information: Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon

Nylon is a generic name for a family of synthetic polymers known as polyamides, Nylon is one of the most commonly used polymers.

Nylon can be used as the matrix material in composite materials, with reinforcing fibers like glass or carbon fiber. A composite like this has a higher density than pure nylon. The good heat resistance of such materials makes them feasible competitors to metals.

Nylon has the ability to be very lustrous, semilustrous or dull. It has high durability, excellent abrasion resistance, is resistant to insects, fungi, and animals, as well as molds, mildew, rot and many chemicals, will melt instead of burning and has good strength.

Rockwell Hardness: HRC 60-64

The SOG F17N-CP Bad Axe Backcountry Knif has a Rockwell Hardness of HRC 60-64

Stanley P. Rockwell inevnted the Rockwell Hardness Test in 1919 while working as a metallurgist in ball bearing plant. Rockwell wanted to measure the uniformity and hardness of inner and outer rings on which the ball bearings rolled. He designed a device that could measure hardness accurately and quickly.

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standardized a set of scales for testing Rockwell hardness values. Each scale has been designated a letter and corresponds to a different group of materials. Scale C is used for steel, titanium, deep case hardened steel, hard cast irons and other materials harder than scale B 100.

Knife blades and other steel hardened tools are made from metals that match to the Rockwell C scale. Most blade makers display the hardness number as "HRC xx" or "HRC xx - xx" providing a range, where "xx" indicates a Rockwell hardness number. Not many blades measure over HRC 70. Most functional blades rate somewhere between HRC 56 and HRC 63.

Generally, blades with a lower HRC number don't hold and edge for long under demanding use, but they are easier to sharpen. Blades with a higher HRC value stay sharp for longer, but are more difficult to sharpen. As an example, stainless steel has a HRC higher than carbon steel, but it is also more difficult to sharpen than carbon steel.

Company Information: SOG Specialty Knives

SOG Specialty Knives, Incorporated, commonly known as SOG, is a United Staes knife and tool manufacturing company famous for their reproduction SOG Knife from the Vietnam era. SOG currently manufactures a variety of knives, multi-tools, and tactical tomahawks and more. The company was founded in 1986 by Spencer and Gloria Frazer, with its name inspired by the Joint Services Special Operations unit known as the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) who developed their own knife during the War in Vietnam.

SOG Specialty Knives manufactures a variety of tools for military personnel and consumers. SOG also makes additional military style knives, including a tactical switchblade which is only available to military/law enforcement. SOG has developed fixed blade knives and tactical tomahawks for survival and outdoors. SOG also manufactures multi-tools including the Paratool, PowerLock, and PowerAssist.

Many of SOG's folding knives and multi-tools are made or assembled in the USA, with the higher priced folders and fixed blades being made in Seki, Japan. Some of SOG's lesser priced tools, such as the Fusion line are manufactured in Taiwan or China.

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