AUS-10 steel is relatively unused in the world of kitchen knives. AUS-10 is made by Aichi Steel in Tokai, Japan. It is part of a family of AUS steels that include AUS-4, -6, and -8. Each are high in chromium with reduced carbon content as the number decreases.
AUS-10 is a high carbon alloy with a content of 1.05%, similar to G3. To overcome the fragile nature of a high carbon content, nickel, manganese, and silicon are added to improve the ductility and elasticity of the material. The upside is a steel that is easy to sharpen when correctly heat treated. Other elements in this steel include vanadium, chromium, and molybdenum, which gives the steel its elevated resistance to corrosion.
The AUS-10 line of knives is very different from the other lines we carry from this maker. It has a very beautiful damascus finish made with a stainless cladding. The outstanding difference of this line is that they are virtual lasers with a lovely distal taper. They are thin knives from neck to tip, and as such are very light at just 136g. The blade height comes in at a generous 50.7mm. There is a good belly on the edge of this knife that will appeal to the rockers out there.
The fine blade is matched to a really well-made handle constructed from walnut and maple. The overall fit and finish is of a high standard. Highly recommended.
Weight: 4.9 ounces/136g
Blade Length: 247 mm
Total Length: 400 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 1.64 mm
Blade Height: 50.7 mm