Our Materials

At Red Shed Knives, we believe that making quality knives, means using quality materials and we do exactly that.


We also believe that educated consumers make the best customers! With that in mind, we’d like to tell you about the materials we use in creating our hand-crafted knives.


As you look over our site, you’ll see references to an array of materials that we use in creating our knives. The information on this page will help you to better understand that those materials are so you’ll be able to select the item that’s just right for you.



80CrV2 – High-carbon steel, with added chromium for rust resistance

1084 – High-carbon steel .84% carbon

1095 – High-carbon steel .95-1.05% carbon

15n20– High Carbon steel .75% with added nickel

CPM-S35VN– State of the art stainless steel, some consider to be the best, most balanced stainless steel for knife making available today.


HRc – You may notice an HRC number listed for some of our knives. The HRC refers to the “Rockwell Scale of Hardness” – a scale that is used to define how hard a piece of steel is. Basically, the higher the number, the harder the steel.

Harder steel will hold an edge better than softer steel, but it may also crack more easily. In the Red Shed, we make our knives with the ideal balance needed for hardness and performance.


Hamon is not a material, but rather a a visual effect created on the blade by the hardening process. It’s the outline of the hardened zone that contains the cutting edge. The pattern resembles waves or mountains – adding to the overall beauty and character of the knife.



Micarta was a brand name for composites of linen, canvas, paper, fiberglass, carbon fiber or other fabric in a thermosetting plastic (a polymer that becomes irreversibly rigid when heated) made by Westinghouse, now micarta is used to label materials made by combining fabric or the like with epoxy or polyester resin under pressure. Regarded as one of the toughest materials available as knife scales.


G10 is a fiberglass laminate material that’s created using layers of glass cloth soaked in an epoxy resin and compressing them under heat. This material is strong, has low moisture absorption, and a high-level electrical insulation.


Recon Stone or “reconstituted stone” or “engineered stone” is made from real stone that has been crushed and bound with an acrylic resin. It’s considerably lighter than natural stone, easy to clean, and stain and chip resistant.



Kydex is a thermoplastic sheet that can be molded to form-fit an item. It’s commonly used to craft custom holsters for firearms, knives, axes and other gear you want to protect. Essentially, we sandwich your knife in between sheets of Kydex, heat them up, and press them until the material takes on the shape of your knife. The result is a one-of-a-kind form-fitting sheath that will protect your blade from the elements, and you from your blade.


7 day return policy on unused knives.