White River Knives FIRECRAFT® FC4 S35VN Bushcraft Hunting Survival Prepper Knife w/ Micarta Topped Fire Steel
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This is my preferred US Maker of Stainless knives and they use my preferred steel S35VN (see below). I try to find the makers that use quality craftsmanship and materials at great prices and White River definitely qualifies. Your knife buying dollar is well spent on their products.
Designed by Jason Tietz
Designed for heavy use in real survival situations these also make excellent camp, hunting, backpacking or utility knives. The deep finger choil protects fingers while applying pressure whittling, cutting or chopping. Atop the blade is a notch for efficient striking of a ferro rod and one is included with each knife. Features a polished stainless steel divot for use with a fire bow. This is a well-designed, great looking, and robust knife intended for serious work. Each FIRECRAFT knife is outfitted with a rugged Kydex sheath system designed to be mounted in a variety of positions. Carried vertically, horizontally, or attached to other equipment, the sheath system offers you options.
|SPECIFICATIONS||Blade Length: 4”||Overall Length: 9”||Blade Thickness: 0.130"|
|Blade Steel: CPM S35VN||Hardness: 58-60 HRC||Knife Weight: 6 ounces||Sheath: Kydex or Leather +$30|
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CPM S30V is considered a premium grade knife steel. It is so expensive that it strongly affects the price of the knife, and is largely used in higher-end production and custom knives. Buck Knives calls it "the absolute best blade steel available". Joe Talmadge claims it might be the ultimate high-end all-around stainless steel, due to high performance coupled with easier machinability and sharpenability than the other steels in this class.
In 2009, Crucible Steel introduced an update to CPM-S30V to meet the needs of renowned knife maker Chris Reeve that they called CPM-S35VN. The addition of 0.5% Niobium, and reductions in both Carbonfrom (1.45% to 1.40%) and Vanadium (from 4% to 3%) produced an alloy with 25% increase in measured Charpy V-notch toughness over S30V (Crucible claims 15-20% improvement). Working chefs and outdoor survivalists laud the improved toughness of S35VN, which greatly reduces the micro-bevel chipping that tends to plague S30V in rough use. In these kinds of applications the obvious benefit of quick honing of an S35VN blade with a strop or steel stick in lieu of needing to remove metal and reform the edge puts S35VN at an advantage over S30V. In light use, edge-holding and stainless properties between S35VN versus S30V are thought to be roughly the same, and performance will often be affected nearly as much by the applied heat treatment, blade design, and the edge geometry as the differences in metal chemistry.
Around this same time period, Carpenter CTS-XHP and Uddeholm Elmax became more widely available for cutlery usage. These powdered steels use a different process than Crucible, but they are also high-end stainless steels (with high-chromium and high-vanadium levels similar to S30V and S35VN) intended to compete with CPM-S30V and CPM-S35VN.