ATS-34 - a high carbon stainless steel.
- This steel exhibits good wear resistance, good harden ability, and equal or better corrosion resistance than 440c. But it is not as shock resistant as carbon steels.
-Please note that stainless steels are stain resistant (if you have ever cut a tomato with a high carbon steel blade you will understand) and rust resistant, not rust proof. Care should still be taken to keep moisture off the blade for long periods of time. (such as when you store it in its sheath)
5160 - a carbon-chromium spring steel.
- This steel exhibits excellent toughness and high ductility.
- Stabilized woods have been impregnated with monomers and acrylics to produce a dimensionally stable wood. Some advantages of stabilized woods are that they minimize or totally eliminate: shrinking, cracking, expanding and warping. Stabilized woods will not absorb water and they are impervious to oils.
MICARTA is a high-pressure laminate.
- Micarta is popular for knife handles due to its durability. It is resistant to heat, cold, acids, oils, moisture, and impact. The sleek and efficient, no-nonsense appearance is also appropriate for some knives.
-G-flex is a toughened, versatile, liquid epoxy for permanent waterproof bonding of fiberglass, ceramics, metals, plastics, damp and difficult-to-bond woods. With a modulus of elasticity of 150,000 PSI, it is a bit more flexible than standard epoxies and polyester, but much stiffer than adhesive sealants. This gives G/flex the ability to make structural bonds that can absorb the stress of expansion, contraction, shock and vibration. It is ideal for bonding dissimilar materials. It can be modified with West System fillers and additives, and used to wet-out fiberglass tapes and fabrics.
- Desert ironwood is a rare hardwood found only in the Sonoran Desert of North America.