Question: "What does “CPM” stand for in the knife industry?"
In the knife world "CPM" stands for Crucible Particle Metallurgy. This is a proprietary system developed by Crucible Industries to create a uniform steel composition at a molecular level. This allows the grain of the steel to be incredibly fine with even carbide distribution. Ultimately, this information is only the tip of the iceberg when researching the added performance benefits of new steels when compared to older steels. Rest assured, when you purchase a knife with a CPM steel, you're purchasing a steel of the highest quality and performance.
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