Quiet Carry is a small everyday carry and outdoor tool brand based out of Costa Mesa, California, whose purpose and mission is to design tools that are highly functional with a clean design, while eliminating the extra things. Built for those individuals seeking a timeless, well-made tool to simply put to use in their everyday environment. We leave out the expensive marketing and branding campaigns, and the excessive packaging, and instead focus on investing our time and resources into what really matters: designing premium products using premium materials.
We heat treat our blades for a well-rounded performance. All our knives are tested for hardness, corrosion resistance, and toughness. Each blade has an optimized balance of each characteristic. Each steel gets its own specific heat treat process.
Titanium - Considered a premium metal for a knife handle. It is light weight with a high strength-to-density ratio. It offers an extremely high resistance to corrosion and will not conduct or retain cold temperatures. We use grade 5 / 6AL 4V Titanium in a variety of finishes.
G10 - A high-pressure fiberglass laminate that is hard and durable. It's known to be extremely strong, and resistant to chemicals and moisture. These features make it perfect for outdoor use. We offer a smooth textured finish.
Resin - Each handle is hand poured to achieve a unique patten, then pressurized for stability. A durable material that is one-of-a-kind with no 2 sets being the same. Not only is this material visually pleasing, it is also very practical. It is lightweight and can withstand impact. In our impact testing we have found it to be a contender with G10. The finish is smooth with a micro line finish that is not visible, but adds a micro texture that aids in grip.
Carbon Fiber - A polymer, and is sometimes known as graphite fiber which is very strong and lightweight.
Black PVD - A smooth matte black finish that is durable. It is a vapor process coating which nearly becomes part of the titanium. It is hard and has excellent abrasive-wear resistance. It will show a wear patina overtime, however, it will never flake off.
Stonewashed - To achieve our color, smoothness, and pattern, we use a 3-step process. This is a good working finish.
Satin - We use a multiple step process using 2 media types to achieve a durable fine satin finish.
Semi-Polish - We a use an elaborate in-house tumbling process to achieve a semi-polish look that is very smooth to touch. Although smooth with a little luster, we find it to patina very well.
Quiet Carry uses high-quality blade steel that is suited for the task at hand.
We use Japanese AUS-8a. It will withstand rust very well and sharpen easily. We find it to be a balanced steel. We use it on the Bandit Ti micro knife that is great for opening boxes, plastic packages and small everyday tasks. It has good corrosion resistance and low maintenance. It can be stropped to a ken edge fairly quickly.
BOLHER K110 D2 TOOL STEEL
It is an Austrian steel that is a high carbon and high-chromium steel. Particularly due to its strength and durability, K110 has excellent characteristics for a blade steel that is tough. Although high in carbon and technically not considered a stainless steel as it falls just under the composition requirement. K110 is not easily oxidized or corroded. However, ideally you will want to keep it dry, and in our experience, a little oil will go a long way.
N690 Bohler Steel is extremely fine grained, creating a blade that will retain its sharpness even with a fine edge. N690 resists deterioration and corrosion such as rust caused by external elements like humidity, moisture and even salt. This is a great all around steel that offers edge retention, good stain and corrosion resistance, and hardness with added toughness. With its corrosion properties and its ability to hold a fine edge, we found N690 to be an excellent fillet steel. We use it on the the Pillot fillet knife.
ELMAX is a powder metallurgy steel that has a very high wear and excellent corrosion resistance. A blade that has a superior edge holding ability as well as high-impact resistance. We are big fans of ELMAX and it is one of our favorite steels. We use it on the iQ EDC knife, making a daily task knife that can go the extra mile.
LC200N ALSO KNOWN AS Z-FiNit
LC200N/Z-FiNit steel is a nitrogen-based steel that has extreme corrosion resistance. An exceptional steel that has the ability to be hardened at 59 HRC. It is the steel of choice for equipment requiring high dynamic loads in corrosive environments. NASA uses it specifically for ball bearings in their aerospace applications. When used for a knife blade, you have impressive corrosion resistance properties with a balance of toughness and edge holding ability. It is a phenomenal steel that is preferred in any salty or wet climate. We use on the Chase, Eddy, and the Current camp knife.
As a Powder Metallurgy tool steel, you get a blend of impressive wear resistance and edge retention plus excellent corrosion resistant due to high levels of chromium. It's a blade that has great edge holding ability as well as one tough steel. We use it on the Chase and Eddy.
Quiet Carry uses Vanax steel. It's one of the most technically-advanced, nitrogen-based steels out there. This is the latest version known as "Vanax" or "Vanax SuperClean" which is extremely tough and corrosion resistant. In addition, Vanax steel ranks high on the edge holding ability scale. We use it on the Drift and the Waypoint.