Hi guys, a knife enthusiast here! I find the present pocket knife market exciting and stupid in that so-called “sprint runs” for existing models abound, featuring blades made from a new-fangled steel that promises greater rc hardness, wear resistance, edge retention, the usual pitch. People ruin themselves to get in the pre-ordering bandwagon, only to keep the knives in their safes for later re-sale on the bay. I’m looking for dope on the following:
- Why is powder steel so expensive?
- What aspect of it gives greater hardness, wear resistance, retention compared with the usual “ingot” tool steel?
- Is there no end to the features this technology promises? Will knives with edge hardness of rockwell 70 be common place in the future?