Working as a Fireman finding a good sharp knife is often a challenge. Sometime ago I started to gather a few knives to use for meal prep at the Firehouse. The first knife I will mention is also my favorite. It is a 10 ⅛" chef's knife that I found on eBay for less than $20. I am guessing that the knife is at least 50+ years old. The knife arrived very rusty due to the carbon steel blade. The tip of the blade was bent and the handle was in poor shape. After some a little bit of work, cleaning the blade up, giving it a nice convex edge and refinishing the handle with linseed oil, the knife had new life. I believe that that knife is made from a 1095 type steel with a rosewood handle and brass rivets. The last task was making a Japanese style wooden sheath out of an old wine box and adding some rare earth magnets to keep the blade safely inside. The next knife is a mid 1970's Case kitchen knife. The Case is also a carbon steel knife that has been factory chrome plated. This knife doesn't get used as much as the aforementioned, however it still sees some work. The last knife is a Tops Frog Market Special that performs excellent for the task of trimming and de-boning meat. And yes the Tops is also 1095. I enjoy using these knives very much, infact more than my own kitchen knives and I look forward to passing them along to my kids.