1095 Cro-van steel

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    I've been considering getting (yet another) knife. I can't afford custom-made, so it has to be off-the-shelf. The criteria I have is that it has to be large enough to be a decent chopper and handle batoning (i.e 6.5 to 7.5 inch blade). I also want it to be able to throw a spark off of flint, quartz etc., so no stainless steel. I've tentatively narrowed down to a BK-7 or Johnson potbelly, both of which are 1095 cro-van. My understanding is that this steel has a higher chromium content that regular 1095. Does anybody know how well this steel throws a spark? Thanks ahead of time for your responses.
     
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    my bk 16 is in 1095 cro van and throws sparks fine. had to square the spine up a bit, but otherwise... does a great job.
     
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    Thanks. I kind of figured it would throw sparks, but I wanted to be sure.
     
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    Throws a spark from what? Ferro rod or from being knocked against flint or another hard rock?
     
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    All my Becker knives work good with a mischmetal firesteel. I have not tried quartz or flint. However you want to use the back of the blade (Spine) and it might not be hard enough. You will need to remove the coating. With mischmetal you are removing the base material with flint / quarts you are removing the blade material.
     
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    Flint, chert, quartz, etc.
     
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    Yeah, I understand that. I'm prepared to modify the spine in order to use it both with a fire steel, and with natural mineral materials (i.e. rocks).
     
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    Will work just fine....
     

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