Yeah carbon steel easy to sharpen and holds an edge.That's what I want. Do they hold an edge well?
Knives! Now we're talking my language! First off, if you really are only spending 25$, the first is the Boker Papillion, its less the 25 bucks and is good quality 440. Now lets talk the ultimate bug out defense knife. The difference in knives comes down to the steel. Most knives are made from steel from China. Which is actually decent, however the best knives have Japanese Steel or American Steel. Be aware of brands who claim to made in America, most are assembled in other country using American patents and claim to be made in the USA. Cold Steel and Spyderco make some of the highest quality knives available. This is easy to realize due to the companies offering warranties on their knives, at least five years, some for life. Other quality brands are, Boker, Gerber, S.O.G and Puma. A new company to the tactical knife series is Bad Blood, very low cost but good quality, I just T.E'd some of their knives and put them through stuff which had damaged more expensive brands. If you open up my bug-out-bag you will find the Cold Steel, Steel Tiger (lower image). Made from 1/8 inch solid Japanese steel, I stabbed this knife into a 4x4 post three inches and put my whole body weight on the handle. For survival purposes I'd recommend a multi-tool in every go bag, however do not CONSIDER this a knife, as most multi-tool locks are not strong enough for putting force against. Go Fixed blade and you don't have to worry about locks breaking. And that steel tiger image is small but the knife is 7.5 inches long
There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Carbon steel, if quality can be stronger, take a smoother edge and hold it much longer then stainless. However the added strength can make them more brittle at the tip of the blade, carbon steel needs to be maintained with oil often to prevent rust. 440 stainless can take a beating, it is more difficult to sharpen, and doesn't hold the edge as long. A problem with carbon, it is basically an art form to get the proper mixture to make a good carbon blade, however most carbon blades are cheaper, due to the process of making the material being cheaper and easier. I have had both and run into issues with both, I had several carbon blades which broke, and I have had stainless blades which lost the edge quickly. If you're purchasing from a quality manufacturer either would probably work. For survival aspects, I would choose stainless 440c, as I may need it for all manner of situations and the carbon would likely break.What is better blade material
Carbon steel or