Most hunters rarely consider the type of steel from which their skinning blade is constructed, but it can make a major difference in performance. Different types of steel vary in hardness, corrosion resistance, ease of sharpening, and their ability to hold a sharp edge. H1 steel, for instance, is very durable and withstands corrosion even in salty environments, but the edge retention may not be as good as with some other materials. 420HC steel provides good corrosion resistance and is relatively easy to sharpen. S30V is another option—it is one of the best steels for skinning blades since it is resistant to corrosion and holds an edge very well—making it a great choice for skinning really large game, like elk and moose.