Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel, a review.

Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel, a review.


You have likely seen this type of stainless steel on many high end bushcraft knives and hunting knives, so what makes it special?.


One could say it is the perfect stainless steel for knife production, this particular grade of stainless steel enables the steel to reach the highest possible hardness without compromising the micro-structure integrity.


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Edge retention is excellent and re edging is done simply and quickly, resistance to micro chipping is also excellent. Very high corrosion resistance properties mean this stainless steel is as at home out in the wilds on your hunting / camping trip as it is in a steamy professional kitchen. If edge retention is a key factor for you in your knife purchase then Sandvik 14C28N stainless steel will prove to be an excellent choice.


So where does it come from?:


Its produced by Sandvik, a company which was founded in 1862, they were the first in the world to succeed in using the Bessemer method for steel production on an industrial scale. At an early stage, operations focused on high quality and added value, investments in R&D, close contact with customers, and exports.


From the horses mouth:


Sandvik 14C28N® is a martensitic stainless chromium steel with a chemistry optimized for high quality professional knife applications. The chemical composition provides a unique combination of properties including:

  • Excellent edge performance

  • Very high hardness

  • Good corrosion resistance

Sandvik 14C28N® is mainly recommended for knife applications which put very high demands on edge sharpness, edge stability and corrosion resistance. Examples are pocket knives, chefs knives, hunting knives and fishing knives.