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154CM is a type of stainless steel developed and manufactured in the United States by Crucible Materials Corporation (now - Crucible Industries). Crucible 154CM is a modification of martensitic stainless steel type 440C to which molybdenum has been added. It was originally developed for tough industrial applications and combines three principal elements: carbon, chromium, and molybdenum.[1] Hitachi Corporation of Japan copied the properties of this steel for their own brand known as ATS-34.[2][3]

Typical applications[edit]

  • Cutlery
  • Bearings
  • Valve Ports
  • Bushings


154CM contains the following:[2]

  • Carbon 1.05%
  • Chromium 14.00%
  • Manganese 0.50%
  • Molybdenum 4.00%
  • Silicon 0.30%
  • Iron 80.15%


  1. ^ Barney, Richard W. (1995). How to Make Knives. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 31. ISBN 0-87341-389-X.
  2. ^ a b Winter, Butch (1987). "Sharpen Up". Popular Mechanics. Hearst Magazines. 164 (4): 90–94. ISSN 0032-4558.
  3. ^ Hollis, Durwood; Loveless, Bob (30 November 2010). Knifemaking with Bob Loveless: Build Knives with a Living Legend. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. pp. 70–71. ISBN 1-4402-1791-2.

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