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Aurora (3V Steel)


One of Bark River Knives' most popular models is now available with CPM 3V steel!

This knife is a personal design by Mike Stewart (owner of Bark River Knives) of what he wanted to see in a Bushcraft Knife for all around use in the field. He wanted a substantial knife (and this is all of that) but not too big to actually have with you for Bushcraft. The handle should be comfortable for any size hand and is contoured for a Sure-Positive-Grip no matter how you hold it. The convex grind will give you maximum cutting power and easily baton through wood. They took their time developing this knife and field tested prototypes for over a year before it was finalized.

The Aurora has gained quite a reputation and following over the years and we are sure that you will be pleased with it's performance as well.

About CPM 3V Steel

CPM 3V is a high toughness, wear-resistant tool steel made by the Crucible Particle Metallurgy process. The CPM process produces very homogeneous, high quality steel characterized by superior dimensional stability, grindability and toughness compared to other steels produced by conventional processes. CPM 3V was designed to provide maximum resistance to breakage and chipping in a high wear-resistance steel. This “super steel” offers impact resistance greater than A2, D2, Cru-Wear, or CPM M4, approaching the levels provided by S7 and other shock resistant grades. CPM 3V is intended to be used at 58/60 HRC in applications where chronic breakage and chipping are encountered in other tool steels, but where the wear properties of a high alloy steel are required. The wear and toughness properties of CPM 3V make it an excellent alternative to shock-resistant steels such as S7 or A9, where they typically wear out too quickly, but where grades such as A2, CruWear, or CPM M4 tend to fail by breaking or chipping. CPM 3V offers the highest impact toughness of any tool steel with this range of wear resistance.

While not considered a true stainless steel, CPM3V is considered by some to be a “semi” stainless steel and does exhibit some stainless steel qualities while costing less than a true high-grade stainless steel. One of our customers gave us a great testimony about the stainless qualities of CPM 3V steel. He wanted to put a patina on the blade so he tried vinegar with no effect, then mustard with no effect and finally lemon juice which had no effect!

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