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.
Bought these five years ago after suffering with other kitchen knife brands for years. Every cook visiting my kitchen loves them. My wife also loves the color of the handles. I sharpen them using Washita stones every six months and they can still slice a tomato to 1/8 inch!