Titanium - is 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 - is a high-pressure fiberglass laminate that is hard a durable. It known to be extremely strong, 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-kind with no 2 set being the same. Not only is this material visually pleasing it is also very practical. It is light weight and can with stand impact. In our impact testing we have found it to be 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 - is a polymer and is sometimes known as graphite fiber very strong and light weight.
Black PVD is 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 a good working finish.
Satin we use a multiple step processes using 2 media types to achieve a durable fine satin finish.
Semi-Polish we a use an elaborate tumbling process to achieve a semi-polish look that is very smooth to the touch. Although smooth with a little luster we find it to patina very well.
We use high quality blade steel that is suited for the task at hand.
We use Japanese AUS-8a it will withstand rust very well and sharpens easily. We find it to be a balanced steel. We use in 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 along 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 a great all around steel that offers edge retention, good stain and corrosion resistance, hardness with added toughness. We use it on the Chase.
ELMAX SUPERCLEAN by Uddeholm of Sweden
ELMAX is a powder metallurgy steel that has a very high wear and excellent corrosion resistance. A blade that has an excellent edge holding ability as well as high-impact resistance. We are big fan of ELMAX and it is one of our favorite steel. We use it on the iQ EDC knife making a daily task knife that can go the extra mile.
LC200N 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.
Chromium 15 %
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. A blade that has an excellent edge holding ability as well as one tough steel. We recommend this steel for hard use.
We heat treat our blades for well rounded performance using a combination of hardening/heating and tempering. All our knives are tested for hardness, corrosion resistance, and toughness. Each blade has an optimized balance of each characteristic. We send our blades over to Peter’s Heat Treating, with their expertise - all of our production knives are made with the highest quality and standards.