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
- Manganese (Mn): 4,103 +/- 585 ppm
- Mercury (Hg): non-detect
- Lead (Pb): non-detect
- Cadmium (Cd): non-detect
- Arsenic (As): non-detect
- No other metals found when testing in consumer goods mode.
- 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!)
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