Not all Joint Knives are Created Equal

Not all Joint Knives are Created Equal

When it comes to choosing the right type of joint knife, it's absolutely important that you choose quality built products, but it also comes down to personal preference. After all, finishing is an art, and the tools need to feel good for you, the artist.

What’s the difference between Carbon Steel and Stainless Steel?

Carbon Steel 

Carbon Steel joint knives provide more flexibility. If you like a knife that feels like it's worked-in right out of the box, you’re going to like the feel of these knives. The blade of these knives are hollow ground, which means the thickness of the blade is concave, and very flexible.

However, Carbon Steel has its downsides. If you are good with cleaning and drying your tools on a regular basis, they shouldn't be a problem, but if not properly cared for, the carbon steel knives will rust. Given that carbon steel knives inevitably will rust if not taken care of, there is only a 1 year limited warranty on the carbon steel products.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel joint knives are the more durable choice. The properties of stainless steel prevent the knives from rust and corrosion, so will require less care and extend the overall life of these knives. However, some may find that stainless steel has less give when it comes to the flexibility of the blades. That being said, if durability is important, it's also worth noting that Level5 backs their stainless steel knives with a lifetime warranty.

Stainless Steel Welded Knives.

The newest product in Level5’s line, are the stainless steel welded knives. They feature a full length internal tang that has been robotically welded at four points of contact for extreme durability. In other words, the blade of the knife extends all the way to the end of the handle, giving incredible strength to these knives, coupled with the fact that the stainless steel handle is also welded to the blade. Withstanding over 280,000 bend cycles in testing, these knives are built to last.

Lastly, if you are a fan of the durability of these knives, but don't like the hard slippery grip, these Level5 also includes a set of shrink grips which you can slide on and apply with a heat gun. This will give you a softer feel if that’s what you prefer.

In Summary

The choice between blade material really comes down to preference. Overall, you can't go wrong with any of these knives when it comes down to quality. What we love about Level5 is the consistent quality of their products, and well thought-out features within its design. For instance, all Level5 Joint Knives feature a weighted butt-end, to protect the blade when dropped. If you drop your knife, the weighted butt end will typically be the first to hit the ground, keeping your blade from breaking or bending.

Also, they feature a full internal tang, which means that the blade material runs all the way down the handle in one single piece. A full tang knife means you are holding a solid continuous piece of metal, and it doesn't get more solid than that.

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