A favorite of premium USA-based manufacturers, this high carbon steel has optimal properties for durability, flexibility and edge-retention when tempered well. An excellent steel well suited for premium swords.
A steel with high shock resistance, toughness and edge resistance – in industrial applications it is used to create components requiring high tensile strength. The carbon content is on the low end for sword steels (0.48 – 0.53), but it is alloyed with a substantial amount of manganese, a notable amount of silicon, and a small amount of vanadium – these additions give it substantial hardenability, strength and flexibility when well tempered. This steel is a favorite of some high-end manufacturers such as Arms & Armor and Albion Armorers who use it to create blades with excellent performance characteristics.