9XC is high quality alloy steel. Although this steel is very solid and it is harder to work with than others, it has a very high rigidity and is resistant to wear. The knives made of this steel are elastic, but they are also resistant to curvation and the loss of shape, which is an important aspect for hunting knives. The knives from the 9XC are very sharp. Knife forging of this steel is a time consuming process, but it is possible to make beautiful articles and drawings.