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    Username Post: AUS-8A Steel?        (Topic#823466)
    tremonti_usa
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    06-01-08 10:03.39 - Post#1536727    



    Can anyone tell me anything about this steel? What steels could it be compared to?

    I know it's derived from AUS-8 (obviously), but it's supposed to be harder with better edge retention. It's not used in very many knives that I know of, but it's specifically used by the Bob Dozier/Ka Bar's. Which makes me think that there might be more than meets the eye with this steel.


    Anyone?
     
    tremonti_usa
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    Re: AUS-8A Steel?
    06-01-08 10:33.07 - Post#1536746    


        In response to tremonti_usa

    Some further research indicates that AUS-8A "might" be pretty similar to 440-C. Which isn't a bad steel. It's sort of been put on the back burner since companies like benchmade have moved on to 154-cm.

    Just something I found when doing research. I could be wrong.. I wanna know what you knife nuts have to say!
     
    brianWE
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    Re: AUS-8A Steel?
    06-01-08 10:36.41 - Post#1536748    


        In response to tremonti_usa

    I haven't come across AUS8A.
    But, sometimes, AUS8 is called "8A".

    Maybe, though, there IS an "AUS8A" as well.
    Brian W Edginton
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    PWork
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    Re: AUS-8A Steel?
    06-01-08 10:37.07 - Post#1536749    


        In response to tremonti_usa

    8A is an excellent blade steel.
    Paul



     
    tremonti_usa
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    Re: AUS-8A Steel?
    06-01-08 10:39.25 - Post#1536751    


        In response to brianWE

    I'd assume they're probably the same steel, but I'm not entirely sure either.
     
    tremonti_usa
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    Re: AUS-8A Steel?
    06-01-08 10:42.19 - Post#1536756    


        In response to PWork

    • PWork Said:
    8A is an excellent blade steel.




    Well, that's one thumbs up for it.

    I've been looking at the ka bar bull dozier. You'd think that Bob selected AUS-8A for his "budget-line" for the price/value/performance. Bob definitely knows how to make a good knife.

    Here's a picture of it.






    I had one of the cheapie ka bar/ dozier folding hunters and it was quite sharp out of the box (they're AUS-8A as well). I beat the crap out of it. It kept on going. I eventually traded it off, but I just bought the D2 version and I'm expecting to like it even more.





    I just wasn't sure how AUS-8A would hold up in a large fixed blade.

    Edited by tremonti_usa on 06-01-08 10:46.06. Reason for edit: No reason given.
     
    brianWE
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    Re: AUS-8A Steel?
    06-01-08 10:48.33 - Post#1536763    


        In response to tremonti_usa

    • Quote:
    Well, that's one thumbs up for it


    Yes.
    AUS8 has been used by many companies.Cold Steel used it a lot, from memory.
    A fine compromise between edge-holding and stain resistance. Depends on how it has been heat-treated.
    I doubt that an average user would find it much different to 440C.
    Brian W Edginton
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    tremonti_usa
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    Re: AUS-8A Steel?
    06-01-08 10:54.20 - Post#1536768    


        In response to brianWE

    I've always wondered about the 440/AUS series of steels. Considering that Randall uses 440B.

    You're absolutely right about the heat treat though. You'd think if Dozier put his name on that knife it'd be a decent heat treat, wouldn't you?
     
    brianWE
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    Re: AUS-8A Steel?
    06-01-08 10:58.31 - Post#1536771    


        In response to tremonti_usa

    • Quote:
    You're absolutely right about the heat treat though. You'd think if Dozier put his name on that knife it'd be a decent heat treat, wouldn't you?



    Just about guaranteed

    Have read some good stuff on the Dozier/K-bar folders. Even the AUS8 models.
    Quote a few KF members bought and posted on them a while back.
    Brian W Edginton
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    locutus
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    Re: AUS-8A Steel?
    06-01-08 11:24.33 - Post#1536787    


        In response to brianWE

    I only have one knife made of AUS-8A. I'll never have another.

    It's a lot closer ro 440A and 420 than 440C, IMHO.

    It takes a razor sharp edge easily. but you can dull with a cold stare.

    Just my humble opinion, but I consider it junk steel like 420.
    DARK LORD OF THE SWARF


     
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