AUS10 - Japanese Allrounder
AUS10 knife steel is an excellent all-rounder in the world of Japanese knife steels and reaches a hardness of 58 - 60 HRC. A high chromium content of over 13% makes this knife steel rust resistant. In practice, this means that AUS10 steel blades are very easy to maintain due to their low susceptibility to corrosion. The addition of vanadium makes the alloy tougher and the steel achieves higher strength compared to Western knife steels from popular manufacturers.
Stainless Japanese knives
AUS10, like VG10, ATS 34 and GIN 3 steel, is one of the highly stainless steels. A knife steel is considered to have a high corrosion resistance if the chromium content in the alloy is at least 12%. However, these steels can oxidize if not properly maintained (e.g. moisture during storage, cleaning in the dishwasher, etc.). Incidentally, this also applies to conventional "stainless" Western knives. However, caring for a high-quality knife is not difficult. If a few simple care tips are followed, you will enjoy cooking with Japanese knives for many years.