Originally posted by jhe888: Neither, really. But that 420HC in the Buck is not a great knife steel. I'd call the bare minimum not to be junk. VG 1 ought to be a better steel. Not tons better, but some.
Yeah, this is where the difference would lie for me. I've owned a handful of knives with blades made a few types of 420 steel and they all amount to wall hangers. It's not a blade steel for any kind of serious use. If I had to choose, this would make the choice for me, single-factor.
A quick read looks like VG-1 is to VG-10 what S110V is to S30v, and I've owned and used all but the VG-1. So it looks like the Cold Steel might be an alright knife. I would feel alright choosing that one if you've got to choose. My Endura FFG in VG-10 is no slouch of a blade.
Strictly on their honest merits (as they appear, and are described; haven't seen either one in person), the Cold Steel. Looks like a (good) Fallkniven F1 knockoff, and that's one of my favorite knives.