Florence, FL - Researchers at the Central Institute of Metallurgy, located in Florence, recently discovered the existence of GMO’s in various types of super steels. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are genetically engineered organisms which have certain characteristics removed from them. Essentially, the process removes unwanted genetic traits.
The study revealed that the super steels M390 and S110V, known for excellent corrosion resistance and edge retention, tested positive for “extremely high amounts of 8cr13mov in their genetic structure.” While many knife enthusiasts found the study insignificant, “steel snobs” were reportedly insulted and concerned.
Gary Robertson, self-proclaimed steel snob, explained his concerns to Gear Facts.
“From a sales perspective, it’s false advertising. If I’m buying a $200 knife with M390 steel, I expect that steel to be made from premium ingredients. And my own personal perspective is that any “real” knife, that a “real” man would carry, would never, ever, have 8cr13mov steel in it!”
Another self-proclaimed steel snob, Melissa McGarfhy, explained why she must carry a knife with a super steel.
“Being a woman in the EDC community and knife world, I won’t get taken seriously unless I have a knife over $150 with a super steel. Now with this information being released, I’m subject to being placed into the same categories as the “budget” knife groups—it’s embarrassing.”
With the emergence of super steels, the lesser grade premium steels are becoming more affordable. To the underlying points of Mr. Robertson and Ms. McGarfhy, there is no conceivable reason as to why a super steel would have traces of an inferior, budget steel.
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