Is aluminum a worthy material for a knife?

Is aluminum a worthy material for a knife?

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  1. It CAN work, but it’s outclassed by steels of even moderate quality.
    The good things about aluminum are that it’s cheap and pretty light. The bad things about aluminum as far as knifemaking is concerned are that it bends easily and doesn’t hold an edge very well.
    As far a suitability for knives go, Aluminum is in the same class as copper: it works ok, but you’d really like to have something else without all of the obvious shortcomings. Also like copper, it is work hardened, so to get an aluminum blade to be hard and resist deformation you need to hammer it. Without work hardening, aluminum is an inferior blade material. Even with work hardening, it is only a…

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  2. For a handle, yes. For decorative trim, a blade guard or pommel, certainly. For a blade- no. You can get alloys of aluminum that will get up to a Rockwell hardness of B60, which, as part of the B series means it is measured similar to soft steel and brass. Both of which make terrible blades, unless you don’t need an edge, like a butter knife.

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  3. “Worthy” how?
    Aluminum is a soft metal that can deform easily and has low plasticity and melting temperatures. While its malleability and light weight make it ideal for uses where weight restrictions are critical, such as aircraft, for uses where it it would be exposed to continued rough use or heat, it is not ideal. It also cannot hold an edge like steel, steel alloys and many ceramics can.
    An aluminum knife blade is possible. However, it wouldn’t be the “go to” choice for most knife wielders or users.

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  4. To make a knife you need a special hardened steel that is something like 5 time harder than classical stainless steels like AISI 304.
    If not, the edge will become dull very quickly.
    Aluminium is generally half the hardness of 304. Some very costly aeronautic alloys can reach roughly the same hardness.
    So that an Aluminum blade with lose edge very very fast…
    Aluminium is frequently used for knives handles. I don’t really like it because aluminium corrosion can form neurotoxic compounds. However a well anodized aluminium is probably safe.

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  5. Only if weight is the main design consideration. It’s a flimsy material when compared to just about anything else you could make a knife from – the advantage would be that it’s light and might be able to evade some metal detectors. It would also be easy to sharpen, but quick to dull (so probably limited use as a kitchen or utility knife unless it’s being used to spread butter). Even ceramic would make a better kitchen knife (proven by all the ceramic kitchen knives on the market and complete lack of aluminum ones), and it would also make a better stealth knife as well unless (again) weight were the main consideration. Aluminum is metal, so even if it’s less likely to trigger a detector, it still CAN trigger one. And even when it comes to weight, there are a lot of ways to reduce the weight of a knife made from a heavier (and possibly cheaper) material without sacrificing surface area, or length, or width, or blade thickness.
    Adding a groove, using relatively light alloys, maybe putting some holes along the blade, among other things, will all make a blade lighter. Aluminum may be a lightweight material, metals may be tough materials, and aluminum may be a metal… But aluminum is not a tough metal. It just weighs next to nothing, so it’s useful in airplane and possibly boat construction.

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