ABKT Blade Steels – Carbon Steel
American Buffalo Knife and Tool uses 1065 carbon steel in its Roper Traditional knives.
Carbon steel is a popular choice for traditional knives. Carbon steel tends to be much tougher, much more durable, and easier to sharpen than stainless steel. They lack the chromium content of stainless steel, making them susceptible to corrosion. (See ABKT Blog on caring for your carbon steel knife).
The material is harder than stainless steel, allowing them to hold a sharper and more acute edge. This also keeps the blade from bending when coming into contact with hard materials. Carbon steel knives are harder than stainless blades, will hold an edge longer, and have better wear ability but care must be taken with carbon steel knives. However, if you are going to use it for skinning, castrating, etc., then you need a carbon blade. Carbon steel is well known for taking a sharper edge than stainless steel.
Roper Knives with 1065 carbon steel blades have a HRC of 58 to 60.
Sharpening Carbon Steel
Sharpening 1065 is not as hard as Stainless steel, but like anything you sharpen, the angle and the experience you have in sharpening blades is very important. If you want a razor edge on a knife, you would go to the local guy that can take his time and do it correctly. You may have to listen to a story or two while he does, but it is worth it (sometimes the stories are not so bad as well). A Work Mate knife sharpener is the best for the novice because it will help you get the knife at the right angle and make it easier to sharpen.
ABKT knows you will be well pleased with the performance of a 1065 carbon steel traditional knife. It is made to be like the old school knives that lasted forever, and it will do just that. Let these Roper knives be the “The knife you Use” every day.