We consider this the absolute best blade steel available, and it is made in America. S30V contains carbon as well as high amounts of Chromium, Molybdenum and Vanadium. This steel combines fantastic edge retention and high ductility combined with corrosion resistance. Double-tempered - it can be hardened to a Rockwell hardness of Rc 59.5-61. However, it is difficult to resharpen yourself, but we do offer sharpening services for a nominal fee.
This is Buck's standard blade material because it approaches the wear resistance of high carbon alloys while delivering the corrosion resistance of chromium stainless steels. Add our exclusive heat-treat process and you have a very user-friendly combination of superior corrosion resistance with excellent strength for wear resistance and durability. You also have a blade that is easy to resharpen. For best performance we harden to a Rockwell hardness of Rc 58.
I ordered a custom 112 Ranger from Buck. The craftsmanship is superb. Years ago I swore not to buy another buck product after snapping a 103 in 2. Am i glad i changed my mine. I chose cherry blanks, black 420 blade, finger grooves and rivets. I can tell you its one pretty knife. It far surpasses the Case that i have carried for more than 30 years. I would like to send a special thanks to the craftsman who built her, it will be an heirloom that i will be proud to carry and pass down, WHAT A KNIFE!!!!!!! T he only complaint i have is it would look better in a brown sheath with a basket weave pattern. Maybe ill just make my own.
I worked on cutting down cardboard boxes for 20 minutes, the 420HC steel held quite well during that test. I chose finger grooves for my knife, which makes it fit in hand like a glove and provides more grip, The 112 is also better for smaller hands. Lastly. the Construction is amazing, as there was no problems with the Custom Shop. They know what they're doing. !