Here is a brief overview of the special features of 12c27 Sandvik steel as well as 14c28 steel.

After all, it’s nice to know which high-quality steel grade will make your Laguiole knife shine.


12C27 Sandvik steel and 14c28 Sandvik steel is synonymous with very high hardness, good corrosion resistance and excellent wear resistance.

Also known as Swedish steel, it is used primarily in the manufacture of high-quality fishing knives, pocket knives and hunting knives, but also in the form of skate blades and ice drills. Likewise, this stainless chrome steel is traditionally used in the manufacture of Laguiole knives.

What makes 12C27 Sandvik steel special is the composition of the alloy. The high chromium content of 13.5% increases resistance to corrosion and simultaneously hardens the cutting edge. This creates a passive layer that serves as a barrier between the blade and other media. Should damage occur to this passive layer, it regenerates itself through the accumulation of oxygen. The chromium also protects against the dark unsightly discoloration of the steel, which can be caused by acids or salt water.

Carbon is the most important element in steel production. It makes the steel conductive, stronger and provides high wear resistance. The higher the amount of carbon in a steel, the more difficult it is to machine and the lower the flexibility of the steel.


The 14C28 Sandvik Laguiole knife also combines high corrosion resistance with high hardness (55-62 Rockwell) and edge retention.

In addition, the quality of the 14C28 steel is even a class above that of the 12C27 steel. The 14C28 steel achieves an alloy of 62 HRC without altering the microstructure, granting foolproof re-sharpening of the blades. It has higher hardness, finer grain, even more toughness and high edge retention.

For this reason, this Swedish steel is ideally suited for the manufacture of high-quality and exclusive Laguiole knives, but also for kitchen, pocket, fishing and hunting knives.