What Stainless Steel Knife Handle?

There is much to talk about stainless steel knife handles. As we all know that stainless steel is excellent in providing resistance to corrosion and that’s why it called durable.

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Stainless Steel Knife handle with Ridges on it

Secondly, Stainless steel knife handles are polished to give silvery look which in exchange provides less friction resulting in poor handle grip. To avoid slipperiness, mostly ridges or etching designs have been incorporated on stainless knife handle giving it more tempting look.

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Stainless Steel knife Handle with Etching on it

Stainless Steel Ad On

To avoid slipperiness, knives manufacturers often come up with designs where Rubber, or some synthetic material is also used with or without stainless steel handles. This is done not only to improve grip to hands but also some custom design and style.

What material is used on Stainless Steel handles

Well, there are almost 15 plus stainless-steel variation from 420HC to CPM 20CV etc. Varying in their hardness, but the purpose of the handle is to provide grip only. Therefore, less expensive steel is used in handles. Meaning a knife blade with high hardness & high-grade steel (no matter the tang), the handle’s purpose is to provide grip only.

At times we see round stainless-steel handles, they are hollow from inside, if they aren’t hollow, the weight of the knife itself be a problem.

18-8 Stainless steel

The most common material used on stainless steel handles is 18-8 stainless steel where it has more 18% chromium and 8% nickel in it. This steel is not magnetic meaning just like other steels. It’s hard, corrosion resistant durable but much lighter and magnet does not stick to it. Due to chemical composition of 18-8 stainless steel. There are less chances of forming patina (rust) on stainless steel knife handles.

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CRKT Pilar a Stainless Steel Handle knife

Suggestion before you buy

Please make sure, if you are going to buy a stainless-steel handle knife, please ask about handle material as 18-8 stainless steel does not stand good with sea waters. Acidic or salty substances have it shows signs of corrosion. Thus, this steel is never used in marine applications or marine tools.

Conclusion- Stainless Steel Knife Handle Guide

Summing it all up! Stainless steel knife handles are corrosion resistant in normal daily life use. All they have is some extra weight you have to carry, slippery if they are like KERSHAW LEEK. But they are great insulators of heat. Therefore, never buy a survival knife with stainless steel handle. Similarly, in pocket knives, they seem to add some extra weight in your pocket.

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Kershaw Leek with Stainless knife Handle

Stainless steel knife handle is much more like aluminum knife handle where aluminum knife handle is lighter and similarly in lighter yet expensive range titanium knife handles are used. Thank you reading this blog post, if you find it informative so inform us. In case I missed anything please write to me so I can update.

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