What is W2 steel? [Steel Knife Review]

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w2 steelActually it’s carbon steel is W1 with vanadium. That is great steel. So, when properly heat treated fantastic Hamons can be seen.

However, when it comes to finding good steel for the knife, many people are confused. It is because no one wants to buy an unnecessary knife that can be of no use at the end of the day, except a waste of money.

But do you know that the w2 steel is so lightweight that comes with a reasonable price and long-lasting performance?

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What is W2 steel?

If you search for an affordable price knife, you can purchase w2 stainless steel knives; because it holds its edge quite well but not very tough. That comes with a carbon content of 1.5. On the other hand, W2 is one of the carbon steel that can produce a great Hamon in heat treating

W2 Information & Composition

Materials               Quantity             Works
Carbon 1.15% It will increase hardness Wear/corrosion resistance Unfortunately a high amount of it decreases strength.
Chromium 0.15% Perfect for tensile strength and Edge retention. On the other hand it enhances corrosion resistance and wear resistance
Molybdenum 0.10% It improves Machinability and strength
Nickel 0.20% Increase toughness.
Manganese 0.25% It improves hardness and brittleness.
Silicon 0.25% Good for strength.

Is w2 steel good for knives?

If you want to purchase a long-lasting performing knife that provides excellent working performance, then you can buy these types of steel knife. It has low corrosion resistance and wears resistance.

That’s why you should take good care of it to avoid rust and dull and especially when you’re searching for a kitchen knife outdoor knife, fishing knife or diving knife, we wouldn’t recommend it there’s better steel for this usages.

W2 steel properties

To sum up, following to the chemical composition and the HRC of the steel, the W2 steel has the following features:

W2 Edge Retention: The steel can quickly reach a maximum of 65HEC, or if it’s well hardened to a 62 Hrc, the steel will be tough steel with excellent edge retention.

W2 Corrosion Resistance: Next up, the corrosion resistance of the steel is meagre, due to the low amount of Chromium in it.

W2 Wear Resistance: The w2 steel excellent wear resistance, but not the greatest, should be taken care of to avoid dull.

W2 Sharpness: Without any confusion you can purchase these types of knife, because the steel the harder to sharpen it and the steel is tough and sharpen it won’t be easy.

W2 Toughness: Finally, it comes with excellent toughness, besides the W2 steel depend on the hardness if you try to reach above the 63 HRC hardness, it will cost you a lot of toughness.

Some of the steel we recommend in the “bd1 steel” article here can help you with that.

The best w2 steel Knife in the Market

W2 Steel Flat Barstock

W2 Steel Flat Barstock | 12x1.5x5/16 | Knife Making
  • 12" x 1.5" x 5/16", hot rolled
  • High-carbon steel plus vanadium
  • Perfect for knife-making
  • Good for stock removal or forging

The knife made from high-carbon steel plus vanadium.

It is excellent for knife-making. So you can purchase this one for making your useful knife.

Because the W2 steel knife great for stock removal or forging. Even perfect for Hamons.


The W2 steel knife great for who loves carbon knife, because the corrosion resistance, doesn’t scare you, on the other hand, these types of knife low corrosion resistance don’t mean it’s terrible needs more care.

Most users love this one for their working performance and the stainless steel to enjoy the full toughness of a knife if you’re too. So we hope you’ll gladly recommend you to try a custom w2 knife you will love it.

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