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Camillus tanto folder with "Titanium Carbonitride" coated VG10 blade.

VG-10 is a cutlery grade stainless steel produced in Japan. The name stands for V Gold 10 ("gold" meaning quality), or sometimes V-Kin-10 (V金10号) (kin means "gold" in Japanese). It is a stainless steel with a high carbon content containing 1% Carbon, 15% Chromium, 1% Molybdenum, 0.2% Vanadium, and 1.5% Cobalt.[1]

The VG-10 stainless steel was originally designed by Takefu Special Steel Co. Ltd.,[2] based in Takefu, Fukui Prefecture, Japan (the former cutlery/sword-making center of Echizen). Takefu also made another version: VG10W, which contains 0.4% tungsten.[citation needed] Almost all VG-10 steel knife blades were manufactured in Japan.

VG-10 was originally aimed at Japanese chefs, but also found its way into sports cutlery. Spyderco and Kizer have produced some of their most popular models from VG-10,[3][4] SOG categorizes VG-10 as its highest grade of blade steel,[5] and Fällkniven uses laminated VG-10 in many of their knives.[6]


  1. ^ "VG10 Features". Takefu Special Steel Co.,Ltd. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  2. ^ "VG-10: The gold standard of Japanese stainless steel". Digital Journal. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  3. ^ "DELICA 4 LIGHTWEIGHT BLACK". Spyderco. Spyderco.
  4. ^ "DELICA 4 LIGHTWEIGHT BLACK". Kizer. Kizer.
  5. ^ "SOG Buyer's Guide". SOG. SOG.
  6. ^ "Product information Steel". Fällkniven. Retrieved 11 November 2016.

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