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Blade Type Information: AUS-6 Stainless Steel

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.

Handle Material Information: Nylon Cord Wrapped Handle

With things like knives, axes and tomahawks the type of handle it has is just as important as the type of blade. Yes, the blade would seem to be more important but that is just not so. The blade is dependent on the handle and without the handle what would you do?

There are many different types of handles that are available for these types of things but for today we will just list a couple of pros and cons of the nylon cord wrapped styles.


One of the pros for this type of handle is the comfort of the grip. No tool is easy to use without a grip being comfortable. Another thing about the grip is that the nylon cord actually gives a bit of traction to your grip. That means that it will not slip out of your hand easily potentially causing injury to someone…including yourself.


One of the cons with the nylon wrapped handles is that they are difficult to keep clean and when they get really dirty they can acquire a certain undesirable odor. Another con would be that if you get a snag in the nylon cord then it can begin to feel a bit funny or “off” in your hand.

No matter what your preference is for these types of things if you are looking to learn more about knives, axes and tomahawks, as well as types of blades and handles then you should head on over to Tomahawk Database. They list nearly every type of these tools along with all of the pertinent information for each one. Be careful though because if you are a true knife, tomahawk or axe aficionado then you might lose track of time browsing the site and spend hours there just looking at all the nice blades.

Rockwell Hardness: HRC 58-62

The United Cutlery BV135 Tomahawk has a Rockwell Hardness of HRC 58-62

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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