This new grade of steel - Swedish Sandvik 14C28N - matches the previous highest achievable hardness of steel without impacting the overall microstructure. What does that mean? It is critical in blade re-sharpening as it allows this process to become easier. At the same time, edge stability and edge folding or rolling is also improved. The balance between hardness and brittleness is critically important for anglers as they process game. With a recommended hardness range of 55-62 HRC, Sandvik 14C28N is ideal for outdoor knife applications and customers that place a high level of importance on edge sharpness, edge stability and corrosion resistance - just as we do here at danco. Sandvik 14C28N has superior edge retention too; it will hold an edge 5-7 times longer than the German Steel counterpart. This is due to the finer-grains of Swedish steel that allow us to increase the hardness of the material during the heat treatment process. If not completed properly, this causes “chipping” when going through hard material (like bone). However, because of the unique properties of Sandvik 14C28N, you are getting all of the qualities you can expect from a danco knife - strong, sharp, durable and affordable.