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Blade Type Information: AUS-6 Stainless Steel

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 steelís 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.

Handle Material Information: Cord Wrapped Full Tang

A tang portion of a tool that extends into is connected to a handle as on a knife, sword, tomahawk, spear, etc. Tang designs are usually described by their appearance or the way they are attached to the handle.

A full tang extends the full length of the grip-portion of a handle, whereas a partial tang does not. In the most common design in full tang weapons, the handle is cut in the shape of the tang and handle covers are attached with pins, screws, bolts or by some other manner, The tang is exposed along the belly, butt, and spine, extending the full length and width of the handle. This design provides the greatest amount of material support to the handle of the weapon.

A full tang weapon allows for increased force through the handle. A full tang also increases the amount of stock metal in the handlewhich can be beneficial in altering the balance point. Adding weight to the handle of a knife or sword to offset the weight of the blade moves the balance point back toward the hand where it can be more easily manipulated. While a forward-balanced blade excels at chopping, it sacrifices agility. A center or rear-balanced blade excels at agility, but sacrifices chopping. Weapons intended for specific purposes will usually use whichever design is most suited to how it will be handled.

Rockwell Hardness: HRC 55-58

The United Cutlery WH100 Tomahawk has a Rockwell Hardness of HRC 55-58

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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