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V Gold 10 generally known as VG-10 or sometimes V-Kin-10 (kin stands for "gold" in japanese) is a quality cutlery grade stainless steel produced in Japan ("Gold" denotes high quality). VG-10 was designed by Takefu Special Steel co.,Ltd, base in Takefu, Fukui Prefecture, Japan (former cutlery/sword-making center of Echizen) VG-10 was initially aimed mostly at stainless Japanese chef knives production but it did quickly find important development in sport cutlery. It was made worldwide popular to the pocket knife world by famous brand Spyderco which produced some of its most famous models (Delica, Endura, Police...) from VG-10 steel in Japan. Due to some reason (possibly steel export restrictions) almost all VG-10 steel knives are manufactured in Japan. VG-10 is a unique formulation of steel with a high carbon content, and containing various amounts of one or more of the following: Chromium, Vanadium, Molybdenum and Cobalt. The steel is specially designed for high-quality blades used in kitchen cutlery, such as chef's knives, vegetable knives, cleavers, paring knives, carving knives and the like. VG-10 is often called "super steel," because it is designed to maintain sharpness and durability without becoming brittle, a major fault normally associated with exceptionally hard steel. This quality is ideal when extreme sharpness is desired, as most other steel will not take or keep an edge like VG-10. When this type of steel is used in a knife, it is normally encased in layers of steel providing greater corrosion-resistance, leaving only the "super steel" exposed at the edge for fine cutting. More information on VG-10 Steel VG-10 components are VG10 C:1.0% Cr:15,0% Mo:1.0% V:0.2% Co:1.5%
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