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 blade is full bellied with a strong, thick point for heavier tasks. It can also be used as a general work knife. The top of the blade drops down toward the tip, which minimizes accidental puncturing while skinning. The drop point blade is strong and very versatile.
I am a knife collector & have several Buck knives too. This knife is by far the nicest I have. The photo does not do this knife justice. The walnut checkered handle is comparable to an expensive top notch gun/rifle, & that was my second thought upon opening the box. My first reaction was, " Whoa, that is beautiful!!"
All my research pointed to the S30V as the steel to go to. I'll write another review once I use it in the field, but my first impression is it's amazing. Good heft, fits perfectly in my hand. Perfectly. Fits like a glove into the leather sheath. No smell, it's not over oiled. Sharp and even edge. Hand grip works great. Great grip with serration on back of knife. Awesome. Worth every dollar.