Alpeka Stainless Steel

We understand that at the core of the Shear Experience, the materials sourced and the forging process plays an incredibly important role.  This is why all shears that are purchased from Alpeka are guaranteed to be forged with 440c Stainless Steel.

-What does this Mean?  What is 440c Stainless Steel and why is it so important?

  • 440c Stainless steel has the highest carbon content of the 400 stainless steel series.  The reason we use the 400 stainless steel series because it is a good balance between hardness and softness - which is determined by the carbon content of the steel.  440c Stainless steel (being the highest carbon content in 400 series but less than other steel series) has the ability to hold a sharp blade longer than lesser steels but is soft enough where it can be sharpened and will not chip, ruining the blade.