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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.
brianWE
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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.
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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

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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.
brianWE
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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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