I have a question about the stainless steels used in knife blades. I purchased some knife blades advertised as being 440-C. Later I saw some print on the blades I bought that advertise 440-C (6-A). I questioned the seller about what the (6-A) meant, was it 440-C or really AUS 6A. I'm certainly not an expert but 440-C and AUS 6A are certainly two different steels from what I read. The seller said the blades were not AUS 6A. He said they were Japanese 6-A which is equivallent to 440-C. I want to believe that's true, but a quick search of the internet doesn't verify the statement. In fact, I found out AUS 6A is a Japanese metal itself. I suppose it doesn't matter in my case but I really wanted 440-C stainless. Do any of you folks know anything about these metals and if the (6-A) really is equivalent to (440-C)? Thanks. :?