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 received the 9" version of this knife as a Christmas gift 3 years ago. I use it exclusively for great lakes salmon and trout. In the 2 seasons of using it, l have not sharpened the blade. Still ginsue sharp. The handle is grippy even with wet hands. My favorite fillet knife. Going purchase the 6 inch model for smaller fish. Buck is a winner in my book!