The Lil' Canadian is a smaller version of the very popular Canadian Special knife. Its size makes it extremely popular as it seems to hit the sweet spot for a lot of people.
The Lil' Canadian is a compact, yet full-sized knife featuring a good-sized handle with finger grooves for a secure grip. This knife crosses right over from the field to an everyday carry (EDC) size knife and will handle a variety of tasks. It will surprise you in its ability to tackle cutting tasks with ease whether you are hiking, hunting, camping, bushcrafting or just working around the house. The compact size makes it very easy to pack and carry on any trip. It is a great knife for all hunting chores including field dressing of medium to large size game and skinning. It is the first knife made by Bark River Knives to feature CPM3V "super steel".
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!
Carbon - 0.80 %
Chromium - 7.50 %
Vanadium - 2.75%
Molybdenum - 1.30%
This chart will give you an idea of how CPM 3V steel compares to A2 steel & some other steels.