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CPM S30V is a martensitic (hardened) powder-made (sintered) wear and corrosion resistant stainless steel developed by Dick Barber of Crucible Industries in collaboration with knifemaker Chris Reeve. Its chemistry promotes the formation and even distribution of vanadium carbides, which are harder and more effective at cutting than chromium carbides. These vanadium carbides give the steel a very refined grain, further improving the sharpness and toughness. Despite some difficulties with a consistent heat-treat, knifemakers use CPM S30V because its composition makes it easier to grind than other powder steels although the carbides still wear down the grinder belts considerably. Its composition is as follows: Carbon 1.45%, Chromium 14.00%, Vanadium 4.00%, Molybdenum 2.00%. Barber received feedback from a number of other knife users and knifemakers such as Sal Glesser, Ernest Emerson, Tony Marfione, Phil Wilson, William Harsey Jr., Tom Mayo, Jerry Hossom, and Paul Bos in the development of CPM S30V.
CPM S30V is considered a premium grade knife steel. It is so expensive that it strongly affects the price of the knife, and is largely used in higher-end production and custom knives. Buck Knives calls it "the absolute best blade steel available". Joe Talmadge claims it might be the ultimate high-end all-around stainless steel, due to high performance coupled with easier machinability and sharpenability than the other steels in this class.
NOTE: I have two pm2s for sale. The other has the black DLC blade and titanium scales. I think I might keep those scales but the blade is fair game to be matched with these scales or with the stock black one. your call.
standard s30v pm2 with custom African Blackwood scales from g10.it...
Selling a brand new Benchmade Bugout. I bought this from the factory store at Benchmade a few months ago. It never found it’s place in my EDC rotation, so it’s up for sale. The 535GRY-1 Bugout knife is built with a Ranger Green Grivory handle and a smoked gray chromium nitride coated blade with...
Hey y’all I have a Kershaw Blur that began as two separate blurs and has become one. The blade is an S30v swapped over to a glass breaker handle so it has the glass breaker tip on the bottom. Purchased at the annual Kershaw sale. Has a knife lanyard I made attached. Normal wear marks on the clip...
1st gen Strider SMF full size s30v folder.
With rare BOS heat treating
This has been used and abused, I am the second owner. It was in rough shape when I got it. The previous owner decided the jimping on the Ti side was too “aggressive” and watered it down. I went ahead and had my guy put...
This knife is brand new still in the box with all paperwork and cloth bag. I received it as a gift and I already have too many knives. These sell for $195 new online.
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I absolutely love this knife, but have too many in my collection so I never use it. It was bought new at the Kershaw Factory Sale and has seen essentially no use. Blade is in perfect condition and still has the factory razor sharp edge on it. This has the S30V steel which is incredible. Grips...