440-C is one of the most widely recognized and appreciated steels in knifemaking with a history spanning decades.
As a staple stainless steel in the cutlery industry, many companies built their history and reputation by making it a standard option in their offerings dating back well into the 80s and beyond.
A chromium alloy steel, 440-C has high corrosion resistance and can achieve high levels of hardening, which is why it made such an early impression on cutlery in the first place.
Since it polishes up so nicely, 440-C has found its way into many kitchen knife sets and made a name for itself based on the ease with which it shines.
While some people look at it as old fashioned, even they would be hard-pressed to name another stainless with the legacy, economy, and ease as 440C.