The choice

Many different types of steel are used to make knives. The two most common types are stainless steel and carbon steel. They can be similar in appearance, but both have their own unique properties.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel has a high resistance to stains caused by corrosion. The addition of chrome protects the steel from oxidation, which makes the blade rust-resistant. The component gives stainless steel its typical shine and makes it easy to clean.

Carbon steel

Carbon steel has a high carbon content, usually up to 2.1% of its weight. It makes the steel stronger and harder than stainless steel. For this reason, many swords, knives, and other bladed weapons are made from carbon steel. The material is more durable and ensures a precise cut. In other words, carbon steel knives stay sharp longer than stainless steel knives. In addition, carbon steel is easier to sharpen than stainless steel.
Due to the lack of the corrosion-resistant element, carbon steel requires more maintenance than stainless steel. If carbon steel blades are not cleaned after use, rust can form.

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