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 Sandvik SanEdge portfolio. Sandvik's knife steel is used for the production of, for example:

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

The Sandvik 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 Sandvik's knife steels

Excellent blanking and hardening properties

Sandvik 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 Sandvik's wide 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.

Sandvik gradeCCrOtherDescription
Sandvik
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.
Sandvik
7C27Mo2
0.38
13.5
Mo 1.0
Generally the same properties as Sandvik 6C27, but with improved corrosion resistance.
Sandvik
12C27
0.60
13.5
- A knife steel with high hardness and good wear resistance.
Sandvik
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.
Sandvik
13C26
0.68
13.0
- Generally the same properties as Sandvik 12C27, but with slightly higher hardness but less corrosion resistance.
Sandvik
14C28N
0.62
14.0
N 0.11 
Generally the same properties as Sandvik 12C27, but with higher hardness and slightly better corrosion resistance.
Sandvik
19C27
0.95
13.5
- A knife steel grade with very high hardness and wear resistance.

Material selection table

Sandvik's 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 /applicationSandvik
6C27
Sandvik
7C27Mo2
Sandvik
12C27
Sandvik
12C27M
Sandvik
13C26
Sandvik
14C28N
Sandvik
19C27

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Skating blades - -
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Trimmers* - - -
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* For electric shavers

Hardening guide

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Technical glossary

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