#AskTamara: What is Carbon Steel? (Morakniv, Made in Sweden Carving Knife)

#AskTamara

Q: What is carbon steel?

A: The following XRF readings are all of the metals detected when testing the Morakniv “Made In Sweden” knife (pictured here), which is marked “Carbon Steel”. While I have not tested a lot of carbon steel items, these readings are likely typical for carbon steel.

  • Chromium (Cr): 2,094 +/- 301 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 991,300 +/- 1,800 ppm
  • Magnesium (Mn): 4,103 +/- 585 ppm

MoraKniv Made In Sweden Carbon Steel Knife Trackers Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama This item was non-detect for lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As) and any other metals. The only metals detected with the XRF were the three noted above.

The primary ways in which this (carbon steel) differs from stainless steel in that in the carbon steel there is no nickel and the chromium level is significantly lower than what might find in stainless steel.

I bought this knife for my children to have a carving knife. They were selling them at a Trackers event, with their recommendation that they were the best first knife for a kid to use for carving and wilderness survival (supervised of course!)

Here’s an affiliate* link to this knife on Amazon.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama

*If you purchase something after clicking on one of my affiliate links I may receive a small percentage of what you spend at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my advocacy work in this way!

MoraKniv Made In Sweden Carbon Steel Knife Trackers Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

MoraKniv Made In Sweden Carbon Steel Knife Trackers Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

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