What's D2 Steel?

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    What's D2 Steel?

    Cabelas has a Mini Gripilian that they say is exclusive to them with D2 steel instead of 154CM steel. What's the difference and is it good?

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    D2 is very good steel for a knife. It's tough and can be zone heat treated. It holds an edge really well.

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    Wesson Ace Hardware has the mini Grips at a significantly lower price. The thumb hole black blaed version comes is $70.00 + shipping after the discount is applied.
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    D2 is great steel and it is very durable although it does have 2 drawbacks I feel. Number one is that it has a tendency to chip more easily than softer metals. Number two is that its harder to sharpen that the softer steels. It needs less sharpening but when it does its a pain if you dont know what your doing.

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    D2 is a high carbon, high chromium tool steel that is very stable when heat-treated. It's used for metal stamping dies, or as they are called, part touching tools. 154CM is a premium stainless steel. In a knife blade I'm not sure that D2 is the better choice. It's more expensive, but it is not corrosion resistant and it is tough to re-sharpen. Stainless in a knife would seem preferable, especially 154CM. It's tough but without being brittle.

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    As has been pointed out they are not as easy to sharpen, but they hold an edge very well. Sharpening is not all that diffucult, search the fourm for sharpening systems.

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    I like both. D2 is not pure carbon steel, and it has some rust resistance, but it has a tendency to stain. 154CM is a high-end cutlery stainless steel.

    D2, I feel, takes a "toothy" edge and holds it for a good long time. I don't really feel it's harder to sharpen.
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