What Is 10Cr15CoMoV Steel?

10Cr15CoMoV steel is a Chinese stainless steel equivalent to Japanese VG10 steel. It contains high amounts of Carbon and Chromium which give it high hardness and excellent corrosion resistance.

10Cr15CoMoV Steel Composition

Element Percentage composition
Carbon C 0.95%-1.05%
Chromium Cr 14.50%-15.50%
Vanadium 0.25%-0.35%
Molybdenum 0.80%-1.20%
Cobalt Co 1.30%-1.80%
Manganese Mn 0.30%-0.50%
Nickel Ni 0.00%-0.25%
Silicon Si 0.00%-0.45%
Sulfur S 0.03%
Phosphorus P 0.03%


10Cr15CoMoV Vs VG10

10Cr15CoMoV stainless steel is considered the equivalent of japan made VG10 stainless steel as they both have the same chemical composition in their alloys. Most knife manufacturers do alternate VG10 stainless steel and 10Cr15CoMoV steel in their same product listing.  

Manufacturers like Weknife who have confirmed this.


10Cr15CoMoV Vs D2

10Cr15CoMoV is stainless steel, whereas D2 does not contain enough chromium to make it stainless steel, therefore, 10Cr15CoMoV offers better corrosion resistance. 10Cr15CoMoV steel will also offer better toughness than D2 steel due to its alloy composition that features an increased amount of carbon and chromium.

D2 steel is easier to sharpen. It lacks the high amount of chromium carbides found in 10Cr15CoMoV that makes it hard to sharpen.


10Cr15CoMoV Vs 14C28N

Sandvik 14C28N is popular steel in knife making. It is a Martensitic Stainless Chromium steel known to offer better corrosion resistance and toughness. It however loses to 10Cr15CoMoV steel in terms of edge retention and ease of sharpening.

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