Knife Materials Info

Cape Cod Cutlery is made up of two guys making knives in their garage. We make knives that are meant to be used and we stand behind them with a 100% fix or replace guarantee. We sharpen them for free whenever they need it as well. This means the customer can take them out and use them with confidence. Please do not hesitate to call us with any issues or questions. 100% made in USA from 100% USA made or resourced materials with the exception of some of the hard woods that do not grow here, which we purchase from USA dealers. Thanks, Tom and Fred 508-560-1114

Knife Steels Rockwell Hardness- This is the scale of metal hardness which reflects the edge retention and sharpness characteristic a particular knife will have. A Rockwell hardness of 55-62 is an excellent cutting knife. Cheap stainless knives are often in the 50-52 range. Anything over 62 becomes very brittle and is prone to chipping breakage. Stainless vs rust resistant- There are very few metals that are rust proof, and those metals are too soft to make knives out of. We do use some metals that are highly rust resistant. Stainless knives resist staining and discoloration by acids found in vegetables and meats. Stainless does not mean rust proof.

Always wash, dry, and put away a knife regardless of what it is made from. Never store a knife in a leather sheath when not in use. Leather can hold moisture and corrode a blade.

1095 – The most basic of our steels. Most of our chef knives are made with this metal. It is what most knives were made of before the advent of stainless steel in 1920. It has excellent edge retention with a Rockwell of around 58. 1095 is a high carbon steel and will rust and develop a patina over time which acts like bluing and can help prevent corrosion. It is fire heated and oil quenched.

W2 Steel is a similar steel we use from time to time because of the really good Hamon lines it displays. Damascus – The Damascus, or pattern welded, steel we use is made up of 1095, 5160 and 15n20. They are all good, high carbon cutlery steels. 5160 is a spring steel they make leaf springs for trucks out of. 15N20 has a high nickle content and is stain resistant. This means during the final process of acid dipping the other two steels etch black and it stays shiny. The layer count is 416 layers of steel. It, too, is fire heated and oil quenched. Damascus is a high carbon steel and will rust if not taken care of.

​D2 is an air hardening, high-carbon, high-chromium tool steel . It has high wear and abrasion resistant properties. It will offer a hardness in the range 55-62 Rockwell. It tends to be stain resistant but not stainless and it will rust if neglected. It tends to be one of the hottest knife steels in the bush crafting market because of its durability and edge retention.

AEB-L offers some of the finest, most evenly distributed carbide structure available outside powdered metallurgy or spray form steels. Originally designed for razor blades, we use it exclusively in our oyster knives because its superior structure and tempering lets us make a very strong and consistent shucker. This steel is heat treated in a vacuum in a kiln and air cooled between two pieces of aluminum. It is stain resistant but will still rust if not taken care of.

Nitro V- is a steel developed for the cutlery marker. It is a stainless steel with a chromium based chemistry. Nitro-V is a derivative of AEB-L with Nitrogen and Vanadium added. This helps create a fine grained alloy with great edge holding and high corrosion resistance. This steel has a hardness around 60 and is very rust resistant. We use it in some of our higher end kitchen knives. It is also heat treated in vacuum and air quenched.

CPM S 35 VN- CPM S 35 VN is the new and improved super-steel that is tough and has excellent edge retention, as well as being rust resistant. It is reserved for the most high end outdoor and chef knives because it is extremely expensive.

Handle Materials Hard Wood- Woods like Wengue, Bacote, Lacewood and Paduk are woods we use very often and they are so tough we do nothing other that apply a good coat of butchers block mineral oil and beeswax to the finish .

Stabilized woods- Most often burls and spalted woods are not ideal for handles but they are beautiful, so we stabilize them in resin. This makes them resistant and impervious to water, rot, and small dings.

Micarta- Micarta is made up of layers of material laid down in a resin much like fiberglass or carbon fiber. Most often items like linen, canvas and paper are used. We use a lot of canvas micarta on our outdoor knives as it is resistant, rugged and has a bit of texture for wet hands.

G10- G10 is a straight up resin that can be layered in different colors

.​Acrylic Resin- Similar to bowling ball material, it is often very colorful and swirly.​