Designed for kitchen cutlery, VG10 is one of the more common knife steels from Japan. In the hands of a skilled craftsman, VG10 can yield incredible results. It is a stainless steel with a high carbon content. The metallurgy breaks down as such, 1% Carbon, 15% Chromium, 1% Molybdenum, 0.2% Vanadium, 1.5% Cobalt, and 0.5% Manganese. VG10 is a very versatile steel and a great one for beginners and experienced users. It is quite durable, so you need not worry about chipping if you treat it properly. It is easy to sharpen, and has great edge retention. We generally see VG10 steel in the 60-62 HRC range.