There are characteristics inherent in the base material of M-3 that can offer a better finish and longer run time than other knife steels. These improved results have been proven in both hardwood and softwood applications in plants throughout North America. The molecular structure of the M-3 steel exhibits increased levels of carbon, vanadium and molybdenum, which can increase the wear resistance in the tooling. When used in certain woodworking applications M-3 has demonstrated manufacturing differences including longer production runs, improved product finish and longer tool life.
This USA-made M-3 premium knife steel is manufactured to exacting tolerances and specially heat treated to deliver a consistent hardness throughout the entire thickness of the knife steel. This complete control over the heat-treating and tempering process produces stress free and distortion free bar stock that makes it easy to grind the desired pattern into the knife.