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Depends on who will use them---if it's a "throw in the dishwasher and then a drawer" person that I'd go with 440C with micarta scales; but with a proper heat treat.

If it's a "lovingly cleaned and oiled and placed in a knife block" person then I would probably go with L6 and use wood or micarta for the handle. L6 can be used in quite thin sections without breaking and holds a good edge to boot!

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I would start by reading through the many existing posts about this in this forum. I remember being excited about starting, but take a little time to ready about what and why the choices are made, as there is no one good answer. Nor is there a Best at anything in this branch of blacksmithing. AS you read you will begin to see the light.

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