Depends on the grade of metal and how it is tempered.
Poor grade or any steel is worthless.
Poor temper on quality steel is worthless.
I have several 440 Stainless Steel knives that hold a edge very well.
But I to have several carbon steel knives that also hold a fine edge.
It pretty much boils down to you get what you pay for, top quality don’t come cheap.
I prefer name brands like Puma, Buck, S.O.G, Gerber and Old Timer.
These brands have never failed me yet.
A $5.00 knife is a $5.00 knife , where as S.O.G, and Puma can run you a couple hundred dollars easy.
But I have field dressed 5 deer and that was cutting through the pelvic bone of all 5 deer before dulling my Puma, but back in 1978 that puppy cost me $65.00.
For Tactical knives S.O.G is my favorite.
Don’t be fooled by the cheesy Rambow survival knives, remember the key word is survival so your life may some day rest on the quality knife you buy.
It don’t have to have a cheap compass or hollow handle to hold fish hooks and matches.
It needs to be a knife you can bet your life on.
Look at the knives that the military special forces use today S.O.G makes up most of them
Either the S.O.G “Seal pup” used by the Army Rangers or the full sizes “Seal” used by other military special forces teams.
( my son was a trainer for the U S Army Rangers and he was issued a S.O.G Seal Pup)
I would suggest you invest in a high quality knife, you can always make up a small survival kit using quality hooks and matches and a quality compass.
Remember your life may some day rest on what you invest in.
You would not buy cheesy health insurance, now would you?
Hunting with Rifle, Pistol, Muzzle loader and Bow for over 3 decades.
Reloading Rifle, Pistol and shotgun for over 3 decades.