K110 more commonly known as D2, is a high-carbon, high-chromium, semi-stainless tool steel. Due to its outstanding hardness, strength, wear and abrasion resistance, K110 has excellent characteristics for making extremely rugged blades and hand tools. The presence of vanadium affords K110 a very fine grain structure during heat treatment, which improves overall toughness. The high chromium content also improves corrosion resistance. We use a proprietary heat treatment process to enhance the resilience of K110 to shock, yielding exceptional performance in our impact tools and fixed blade knives.
Bohler N690 – Origin Austria
N690 cobalt stainless steel is world renown for making extremely sharp knives and surgical instruments. Regarded as a high-end stainless steel, N690 exhibits excellent hardness, durability, corrosion and wear resistance. N690 is sometimes compared to Japanese 440C stainless steel. 440C is commonly used in the manufacture of dive knives and whilst this is a good steel for its price and performance, N690's overall performance and ability to hold an edge is superior.
CPM-S30V – Origin USA
CPM S30V steel has excellent edge retention and resists rust extremely well. It was designed in the US and is typically used for high-end premium pocket knives and kitchen cutlery. The introduction of vanadium carbides brings extreme hardness into the steel alloy. S30V is generally regarded as one of the finest knife blade steels with its optimal balance of edge retention, hardness and toughness.
CPM-S35VN – Origin USA
CPM S35VN steel is a slightly superior version of S30V. Due to its finer grain structure and the addition of niobium, this steel has improved toughness and edge retention whilst offering exceptional rust resistance. S35VN is generally regarded as a super steel, capable of being honed to a very fine edge and is typically used in hand crafted, superior quality cutting tools.
VG-10 – Origin Japan
VG-10 stainless steel was originally developed for the Japanese kitchen cutlery market. Due to its sheer durability and ability to hold an edge, VG-10 has become a highly prized steel amongst a variety of professionals, ranging from master chefs to tactical knife makers. By way of comparison, VG-10 steel is very similar to 154CM and ATS-34 with slightly more chromium for enhanced corrosion resistance, it also contains vanadium which makes it marginally tougher than these steels.
Fixed blade knives and folding knives are typically in the range of 58-59 HRC and 59-60 HRC. This depends greatly on the steel used and intended application of the knife. Impact tools are in the range of 55-56 HRC, however there are some variations based on steel selection and intended purpose for the tool. For further details, please refer to the particular model for full specifications.
We believe the carry systems supplied with our tools are as important as the tools they protect. Our kydex and injection molded sheaths and accessories afford the user a total carry solution and are supplied in most instances with both belt and PALS/Molle carry options. These are customizable to the individual and can typically be mounted to the sheath supplied with the tool via eyelets or direct mounted as part of a supplied injection molded assembly. Check individual products for full specifications.
All Halfbreed Blades kydex carry systems are intentionally a tight fit by design when new. Typically, there is a break-in period to ensure fail safe retention over prolonged usage. If at first the retention of your carry system feels tight, allow normal wear-in to occur, you’ll find the balance between reliable retention and efficient deployment with actual use.
Hardcore Hardware Australia offers a 100% money-back guarantee against material and structural failure. Some exclusions apply including gross negligence, intentional misuse, modification or alteration to the product, or failure to follow our prescribed care and maintenance instructions.
We require all warranty claims to be in writing. Please ensure you explain the circumstances in which a failure may have occurred and forward to us via our contact page.
Once we receive your detailed written warranty claim, have conducted our assessment and upon approval, we will issue you with a return authorization number (RAN).
Marine Exposure: If subjecting your knife/tool to saltwater, other marine environments, or prolonged exposure to perspiration we recommend you take the proper care to wash and dry your knife/tool after every use.
The following practices are not recommended and fall outside our warranty policy:
Do not use your knife as a screwdriver. Do not throw your knife. Do not modify or alter your knife/tool or any of its component parts. Any of these acts will void your warranty.
- Hammering: Use the right tool for the job! Your knife is cutting tool, it is not a hammer nor is it an axe and was not designed to perform like a hard use impact tool. Activities including batoning or throwing your knife constitute tool abuse, these types of misuse are not covered by our warranty.
- Heavy Prying: Your knife is not a lever designed to perform heavy-duty prying tasks. Use your knife for cutting, this is what it was designed to do.
- Disassembly of our G10/steel laminated folder frames voids warranty
Yes, we offer product servicing, repair, sharpening and customizable laser engraving as aftermarket services for our branded products. We also offer a product design, development and manufacture service for other companies, emergency/rescue, military and law enforcement groups. For further details see below or contact us here.
Hardcore Hardware Australia is not only dedicated to creating its own branded knives and tools but also provides an exceptional product design and manufacturing service to other companies and Government agencies globally. With years of experience and a deep understanding of the market, Hardcore Hardware Australia can help turn your ideas into a reality.
Whether you are looking to create a unique tool for a specific application or a knife that reflects your brand's personality, Hardcore Hardware Australia has the expertise and resources to deliver high-quality products that meet your needs. We work closely with our clients to understand their requirements and come up with innovative design solutions that exceed expectations.
Hardcore Hardware Australia has a team of experienced designers and craftsmen who use state-of-the-art tools and equipment to create custom knives and tools that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Our products are made from the highest quality materials, ensuring durability and longevity.
By choosing Hardcore Hardware Australia as your product design and manufacturing partner, you can benefit from our years of experience, dedication, and attention to detail. Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction is unmatched in the industry.
Contact Hardcore Hardware Australia today to learn more about their product design and manufacturing service and take the first step towards creating your own branded knife or tool.
Collaboration & Co-brand
Hardcore Hardware Australia offers a unique collaboration and co-branding service, where we work alongside established brands to develop innovative new products and bring them to market through joint initiatives globally. This service is particularly popular with companies looking to expand their existing product range to include high-quality knives and hand tools whilst also building a strong connection with the Hardcore Hardware Australia brand.
At Hardcore Hardware Australia, the collaboration process is built around open communication, mutual understanding, and a shared vision of what the final product should look like. Our team of experienced designers and craftsmen work closely with you to develop new designs that meet your specific needs and align with your brand values.
Hardcore Hardware Australia uses the latest technologies and materials to create high-quality knives and hand tools that not only look the part but also perform beyond expectation. Our products are rigorously tested to ensure durability, strength, and functionality, and they are backed by a solid warranty to give customers peace of mind.
Partnering with Hardcore Hardware Australia for collaboration and co-branding provides a unique opportunity for companies to leverage our brand's expertise and reputation in the market. It can also help you expand your reach and tap into new markets, whilst also creating a stronger connection with your existing customer base.
Whether you are an established brand looking to expand your product range or a startup looking to create something new, Hardcore Hardware Australia can help you bring your vision to life through their collaboration and co-branding service.
Contact us today to learn more and take the first step towards a successful partnership.
If you make a wrong decision, cannot use or do not like the product, you may return to us with authorization, and we will supply a product of your choice from our range of equal value. If we make an error in your shipping, you will not pay to return the incorrect product back to us. In the unlikely event of an error of this type, we will exchange and ship the correct product to you free of cost. We can only accept returns with a return authorization number (RAN). All product returns must remain sealed in the original packaging supplied and must not have been used. If your order is returned to us for any reason, we do not offer a refund, you must ensure your delivery address is attended, charges apply for re-shipping in this circumstance.
All steels used in the manufacture of Hardcore Hardware Australia knives and hand tools contain carbon, this makes them prone to light surface rust, if left in environments for extended periods where moisture is present. Salt water in particular will accelerate corrosion if proper care is not taken. If subjecting your folder to saltwater, other marine environments, or prolonged exposure to perspiration we recommend you take the proper care to wash and dry your knife or tool after every use. To reduce the effects of corrosion from aquatic environments, all Hardcore Hardware Australia tools are supplied with an extremely robust coating, for example Teflon, Cerakote or PVD. These coatings are not applied to the cutting edge, so due care should be taken to keep these areas well lubricated at all times. Before storage for long periods, we recommend a light film of oil be applied to all metal surfaces to ensure long lasting protection. WD-40 cleans, protects, lubricates, penetrates and displaces moisture, we recommend this product as part of your care and maintenance regime. Remember, a little goes a long way, do not overlubricate.
Folding Knives: For general maintenance and cleaning, disassembly of the pivot mechanism is not required. Keep pivot area, blade housing and liner lock free of dirt and other debris. We recommend a drop of low viscosity oil on the mechanisms moving surfaces after cleaning and/or in the event the action becomes dry or tight. Disassembly of our G10/steel laminated folder frames voids warranty.
The wearing of proper hand and eye protection are mandatory when using Hardcore Hardware Australia knives and hand tools. We do not assume responsibility for any injuries that may occur in the application of our products. All Hardcore Hardware Australia knives and edged hand tools are razor sharp 'out of the box', it is your personal responsibility to take every precaution when using our products. We recommend you be aware of any local State and Federal laws that govern the ownership and or carry of edged tools, in particular knives and tomahawks. It is your responsibility to act in a manner consistent with ensuring public safety, compliance with legislation in your State governing ownership and usage, safe and proper carry that mitigates lose of property, damage and possession by unauthorized persons.
Delivery lead times vary based on the destination address and shipping method chosen at check out. Please ensure all requested data fields are completed in the shopping cart and are free from errors, mistakes can cause delays in delivering your order and may incur additional costs, if a re-shipping event occurs. Please ensure someone is available at your nominated address to receive your delivery. If this is not achievable you may request ‘driver release’ and accept all liability in the event of loss or damage. If your order is returned to us for any reason, we do not offer a refund, you must ensure your delivery address is attended, charges apply for re-shipping in this circumstance.
For international orders we do not accept responsibility for loss or damage in the event your order is seized by your port of entry Customs officials or left unattended at your delivery address for any reason. It is your responsibility to ensure your order complies with any applicable State and Federal laws. Please select the most appropriate shipping service to meet your requirements. All fees quoted for delivery include shipping and handling charges.
Hardcore Hardware Australia is a production knife and tool company, comprising a fusion of Australia and Taiwan make. Our fixed blade knives, folding blade knives and hand tools are designed, developed, hand-finished, quality control checked, and packed in Australia. CNC waterjet cutting, machining and grinding, together with our proprietary heat treatment and coating are completed at our production facilities in Taiwan. Machining and hand-finishing in Australia includes but is not limited to sharpening, polishing, fitting and assembly. Materials used in the manufacture of our products are sourced from Austria, Japan and the United States, this includes the steels utilized in the construction of our tools, G10 applied to handles and Kydex® molded in the fabrication of our sheaths.
Our constant industry research and re-evaluation of our systems, costs and procedures allow us to bring to market some of the highest calibre edged tools available in the world today. At Hardcore Hardware Australia our mission is to deliver superior quality at competitive pricing with the highest levels of customer service in the industry. We warranty our products with a 100% money-back guarantee against material failure or product defect - for further details please see our product warranty statement.
Hardcore Hardware Australia is 100% Australia owned and operated.
Our story began in 2010, with the creation of Hardcore Hardware Australia. Since this time our products have been in wide circulation with a focus on Military and Law Enforcement markets. Our branded tools are in service with the Australia Defence Force, other specialist units and Law Enforcement both foreign and domestic. Due to the performance of our brands, their design and build specifications, our products are recognized globally for their superior quality.
As separate companies in their own right, Hardcore Hardware Australia Pty Ltd and Halfbreed Blades Australia Pty Ltd, have unique ownership structures and their own registered Trademarks.
The principal product/tool designer, Director and Founder of Hardcore Hardware Australia is also the current acting Chief Operations Officer and Head of Design for Halfbreed Blades Australia.