VG-10 is a high carbon stainless steel manufactured by Takefu Special Steel in Fukui prefecture Japan. The steel contains 1.00% of Carbon and it has good edge retention and excellent corrosion resistance. It is specially designed for high-quality knife blades used in Japanese made high-end kitchen knives.
A high carbon tool steel which is mostly used for making metallic molds or blanking dies. The steel contains about 1.5% of carbon and 12% of chromium that gives it slightly better corrosion resistance than other high carbon tool steels. The steel offers good wear resistance and excellent edge holding ability.
Aogami-2 high carbon steel is made by Hitachi Metals Ltd in Shimane-Prefecture, one of top metal products manufactures in Japan. It contains 1.10 % of Carbon and 0.35% of Chromium and 1.25% of Tungsten. The steel is made by adding Chromium and Tungsten to Shirogami steel (refined carbon steel) that makes the material more durable (increasing wear resistance) and provides corrosion resistance. The knives made by this steel is a good choice for first carbon steel kitchen knife.