Crucible 154 CM is a modification of 440C martensitic stainless steel to which molybdenum has been added. Known for its best all-around qualities, it offers great corrosion resistance with good toughness and edge quality. A high-carbon, high-alloy, space-age, stainless steel first used for knives by R. W. Loveless about 1972. After a few years the quality declined and makers followed Loveless to the Japanese (Hitachi) ATS-34, using the same formula. The quality was restored some time later. In 1990 Benchmade and other knife companies started using it as their top of the line stainless steel. 154CM was considered the best stainless steel for cutlery for more than a decade after that and is still considered a premium steels. (See: CPM 154)
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