Its a toss up.
I might lean toward 5160, only because I am a big Ranger RD fan...they are 5160 and absolutely bomb-proof chopper/basher/destoyers.
But really, either 1095 or 5160 will exceed your expectations.
with the proper HT both are excellant steels
for pure toughness/edge retention/cost I would go 5160
I use it alot for my larger knives and cleavers
Edited by Leatherface on 02-17-10 15:56.52. Reason for edit: No reason given.