Question: "What is stainless steel?"
Steel that contains at least 11.5% free chromium content is considered stainless steel. Chromium is an alloying element specifically added to steel increase wear resistance and corrosion resistance. Stainless steel is a great benefit for individuals looking to own a knife that requires low maintenance, especially since knives made with carbon steel have the propensity oxidize (patina) or rust to quickly. Lastly, chromium also increases wear resistances, so stainless steels tends to be more difficult to sharpen when compared to carbon steel. Maintenance and knife care are both important aspects in owning a knife.
Weighing the advantages of a maintenance-free blade with the disadvantage of a blade that may be more difficult to sharpen is an important factor to consider when purchase a knife, whether it is for the kitchen or out in the field.