Find the best type of knife steel for your knife making project. Drill rods are used to forge small blades or razors, slave pins for fitting handles to blades, and more. Nickel steel is used to produce the bright contrast needed for making Damascus-style steel. It is most commonly paired with 1080 or 1084 steel to create a unique Damascus pattern. Stainless steel is a popular type of steel among knifemakers for its high resistance to rust and corrosion. High carbon blade steel is considered better than other steels for knife making due to its toughness, strength, edge-holding, and corrosion-resistant properties. Spring steel provides excellent wear resistance and high fatigue life combined with low corrosion risk. High-speed steel exhibits excellent wear resistance and toughness and is used for cold work punches, die inserts, and cutting applications involving high speed and light cuts.Etch or finish your blade steel with the appropriate finishing chemicals for a professionally forged knife.