Titanium beta allow vs steel

Titanium beta allow vs steel

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    Titanium beta allow vs steel

    There are lots of comparisons of different blade steels but haven't seen them compared to titanium beta alloy. Seems to be used a lot on dive knives and fixed blades for pilots. Just curious how it matches up to good blade steel like S30V
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    it is much softer than s30v. edge retention on Ti is not any where near S30V. it is used in dive knives because it has a very high corrosion resistance.

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    Beta Ti can be hardened better than other titanium, but it's still nowhere near steel. It's used for the light weight and corrosion resistance, and in some cases, for EOD-marketed knives because it's nonmagnetic. I can't help but wonder if Spyderco's H1 will make some inroads in the dive/fishing knife market.

    To get a cutting edge on titanium, a lot of people will use Warren Thomas's idea and chisel-grind the titanium blade and then carbidize the unground side with tungsten carbide.
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