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  • #16
    I've been using the new Buck with 5160 BOS Carbon Steel for a couple of weeks .... per Buck :

    420HC Steel
    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.

    5160 Steel
    Commonly known as spring steel, 5160 has excellent shock absorbing properties making it resilient to shattering and extremely durable as a knife steel. We harden to 57-58 Rc to maximize its performance.

    I have noticed a few things :

    1... I can't tell any difference in sharpness, edge retention, or sharpening

    2... I can't tell any difference in performance

    3... the only difference I can tell is the 5160 tarnishes quickly where the 420 retains its new shiny finish

    bottom line :

    based on owning 2 420's and now having a 5160, if I ever order anther, I'll go back with the 420
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    • #17
      Doesn't take a genius to figure out which seems to work better. Thanks for trying it out and letting us know.
      Clif and Millie
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