AEB-L was originally developed for razor blades. Sandvik copied AEB-L and calls it 13C26. These steels are formulated with just enough carbon for the steel to get very hard but not make any chromium carbides. The extreme fine grain makes them easy to sharpen, have good edge holding and excellent edge stability.
I've recommended this stainless steel to knifemakers for years. Anyone who has been around me will tell you I love this steel. Try it and let us know what you think of it. We're working with Uddeholm to get thicker material.
AEB-L is used by several damascus makers including Devin Thomas, Rob Thomas and Gerome Weinand in their stainless damascus.
14C28N is shown in the table above for comparison purposes.
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