Knife steel

Annealed or cold-rolled knife steel in a wide range of stainless chromium steels delivered in coils or as straightened lengths belonging to the SanEdge portfolio. Our knife steels is used for the production of, for example:

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  • Knives
  • Cutting parts for electric shavers
  • Pruning tools
  • Scissors
  • Skating blades

Our SanEdge program of knife steel covers most requirements on material properties, which means that the most suitable knife steel for each application can be delivered. View mechanical properties for our knife steels

Excellent blanking and hardening properties

Our knife steels are characterized by fine microstructure and chemical composition within close tolerances. This results in excellent blanking and hardening properties, which facilitates trouble-free blade production and a high-quality end product.
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Wide range of knife steel grades

The table shows ourwide range of knife steels including nominal chemical composition. View the material selection table below to find the best grade for each type of knife edge tool.

Our grade C Cr Other Description
6C27
0.32
13.7
- A common knife steel grade with good corrosion resistance and low hardness, mainly used in applications where the need for wear resistance is low.
7C27Mo2
0.38
13.5
Mo 1.0
Generally the same properties as the 6C27, but with improved corrosion resistance.
12C27
0.60
13.5
- A knife steel with high hardness and good wear resistance.
12C27M
0.52
14.5
- A knife steel grade with good wear resistance and good corrosion resistance, well suited for the manufacture of kitchen tools.
13C26
0.68
13.0
- Generally the same properties as the12C27, but with slightly higher hardness but less corrosion resistance.
14C28N
0.62
14.0
N 0.11 
Generally the same properties as the 12C27, but with higher hardness and slightly better corrosion resistance.
19C27
0.95
13.5
- A knife steel grade with very high hardness and wear resistance.
 10C16Mo3V1
0.5
8.0
Mo 1.4 & V 0.3 The grade is suitable for tools and knifes in challenging applications such as garden tools and harvest knifes.
 10C28Mo2
0.53
14
Mo 1.4 & N0.08 Suitable for kitchen knives and other tools where a dishwasher-safe material is required, professional butcher knives that need to be easily re-sharpened, outdoor knives, medical blades and razor blades, with high requirements on corrosion resistance and toughness.

Material selection table

Our wide range of knife steel makes it possible to select the most suitable knife steel for each application below.
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Type of knife /application 6C27 7C27Mo2 12C27 12C27M 13C26 14C28N 19C27
 10C16Mo3V1  10C28Mo2
Bread knives - -
- - - - - -
Butcher's knives - -
- - - - -
Carpet knives - - - - -
-
Carving knives - -
- - - - - -
Chef's knives - -
- - - -
Circular knives
- - - -
Cutting heads* - - -
- - - -
Fishermen's knives -
- - - -
Folding knives - -
- -
- -
Frying slicers (spatulas) - - - - - - - -
Hunting knives - -
- - - - -
Ice drills - -
- - - - - -
Industrial knives -
- -
-
-
Kitchen knives - -
- - - -
Paper knives - - - -
- - -
Plastic film knives - - - - - - -
Pocket knives - -
- - - -
Pruning shears - -
- - - - -
Shaver knives* -
- - - - - - -
Skate blades - -
- - - - - -
Surgical knives - - - - - - - -
Synthetic fibre knives - - - -
-
-
-
Trimmers* - - -
- - - -

* For electric shavers

Hardening guide

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Technical glossary

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