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The cobalt-alloyed N690 by Böhler (not to be confused with the lower-grade N695!) is a very reliable upper middle-grade steel we use at our Solingen manufacture for a wide variety of projects.


Böhler N695 is slightly below the popular N690 and is exactly like the common 440C in terms of composition and performance data.

Neil Blackwood

Neil Blackwood, a full-time Knife Maker since 1996, began to carve wood knives and letter-openers already as a child. The designer from Florida loves the technical challenge of developing...

Nickel Silver

Nickel silver is the name of an alloy containing copper, nickel and zinc that has a silver-like look. In the knife industry, it is mainly used for fittings, especially for the so-called bolsters.


A tool steel that can achieve a high hardness grade, often above 60 HRC, and offers excellent edge retention. It is a preferred material of LionSteel.


The stainless Nitro-B is a surgical steel with a high nitrogen content. It has an extremely thin microstructure and is highly rust-resistant. It is a robust steel with good edge retention and...