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The Japanese VG-10 is a cobalt alloy (just like the N690) and has been used in the knife industry for many years. Spyderco in particular uses VG-10 for most of their models produced in Seki (Japan). Its performance data exceed those of 440C.

Origin: Japan
Carbon (%): 0,95-1,05
Chrome (%): 14,5-15,5
Molybdenum (%): 0,9-1,2
Vanadium (%): 0,1-0,3
Manganese (%): 0,5
Silicon (%): 0,6
Cobalt (%): 1,3-1,5
Phosphorus (%): 0,3
Rockwell (HRC): 58-60