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Old January 13, 2013, 10:02   #1
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Ontario RD series

Anyone have experience or knowledge of the 5160 steel used in the Rd blades?
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Old January 13, 2013, 20:09   #2
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5160 is a common spring steel once used to make car leaf springs. It has been used by many custom knife makers. It's use has declined somewhat, because of newer steels comming to the market.

It is not stain resistant.

Although 5160 is a good steel, you need to recognize that a knife may be born on the forge, but it grows up during the heat treat. A lot of steels make good knives. A good heat treatment makes a great knife.
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Old January 13, 2013, 21:30   #3
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5160 is a common spring steel once used to make car leaf springs. It has been used by many custom knife makers. It's use has declined somewhat, because of newer steels comming to the market.

It is not stain resistant.

Although 5160 is a good steel, you need to recognize that a knife may be born on the forge, but it grows up during the heat treat. A lot of steels make good knives. A good heat treatment makes a great knife.
So how does it stack against my old favorite 1095?
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"So how does it stack against my old favorite 1095?"

Technically, 5160 is tougher(chopping, shock resistance). Many custom swords are made using 5160. 1095 has marginally better edge retention, but less toughness.

I like both steels but personally would go with 5160 if I new how the heat treatment was done. Otherwise I would not care which steel was used.

In real world use you would probably not notice much difference.
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A perfect example if the heat treat used by ESEE (Rowen) and (back in the day) Ontario on their RAT series knives. The ESEE 1095 consistently outperformed almost identical blades.
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I am looking at the new ontario ranger knives, choosing the 1095 or the 5160. Thanks for your assistance!
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