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Blade Type Information: 7CR17 Stainless Steel

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.

Handle Material Information: Sure Grip Rubberized Handle

You might actually be surprised to know what tools come with this type of handle. First though before we get into that letís talk a bit about what this is for those who may not know.

What it is

Basically a tool that has a sure grip rubberized handle more than likely has a handle with only the top layer being covered in sure grip rubber. This type of rubber not only gives you a firm grip (think rubber tires on wet roads sort of grip) but it also reduces the amount of shock that you receive when using the tool in question.

Tool Types

From what was just described as well as your familiarity with tools, what sort of tools do you think would have this sort of handle? Hammers are what might first come to mind. There are other tools with this sort of handle too and one that might even surprise you, but we will save that one for now.

Axes are a type of tool that is available with a sure grip rubberized handle. It is important that there is some type of handle that you can get a good grip on with this tool in particular because of the danger involved if it flies out of your sweaty hands. That is also absorbs some of the shock from impact is just a plus.

Now, surprisingly there are tomahawks with this type of handle. Tomahawks are more associated with wooden handles but it is possible to find some like this. While they are typically used for throwing a good grip means that you will not lose your grip on it in the process and scalp yourself!

For more information on this and other bladed items check out what is going on at Tomahawk Database.

Rockwell Hardness: n/a

The M48 Kommando Survival Axe Tactical Hiking Staff has a Rockwell Hardness of n/a

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: United Cutlery

United Cutlery is one of the oldest continually operating knife and sword companies in the world. Founded in the 1990s, its founders opened the company in the hopes of giving everyday people the chance to own the same exciting weapons seen on film and television. The company now makes hundreds of different products, including functional swords and fantasy knives. Customers can find hunting knives, throwing knives, movie replicas, military knives, utility knives and dozens of other products.

United Cutlery has several partnerships established that let it create authentic replicas from hit films. It has the rights to "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," "The Expendables" and "The Expendables 2."

United Cutlery also makes a number of fantasy pieces that look great on display. The company has four designs on staff, and these designers work closely with the men and women responsible for making the pieces seen on screen.

Many people know United Cutlery for its film replicas, but the company also makes knives and other weapons used by the military, fishermen and outdoors-men every day. Its product line includes tools designed for hunting and fishing.

United Cutlery's wide range of products appeal to those who love fantasy novels, action films and the great outdoors. Each piece uses strong and durable metal that ensures United Cutlery pieces will last for years, making many customers buy products again and again for display and personal use.

Unlike other companies that offer products for sale directly to consumers, United Cutlery wholesales its products to dealers. Shopping through authorized dealers lets customers know that their purchases come directly from the company.

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