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  • This is a measure of the fineness (thin-ness) of cotton. Typically, it is calculated using the English count method, which measures the number of hanks (840 yards) in a pound of cotton. 100’s cotton has 100 hanks in one pound, which means 84,000 yards equals one pound of cotton. The higher the number, the finer the cotton. 100’s cotton is categorized as a fine count, with anything above 80 being considered such.
  • This is a measure of the fineness (thin-ness) of cotton. Typically, it is calculated using the English count method, which measures the number of hanks (840 yards) in a pound of cotton. 110’s cotton has 110 hanks in one pound, which means 92,400 yards equals one pound of cotton. The higher the number, the finer the cotton. 110’s cotton is categorized as a fine count, with anything above 80 being considered such.
  • This is a measure of the fineness (thin-ness) of cotton. 120’s cotton is finer than 110’s and 100’s cotton. Typically, it is calculated using the English count method, which measures the number of hanks (840 yards) in a pound of cotton. 120’s cotton is categorized as a fine count, with a count of one through 40 being considered coarse, 40 through 80 considered medium and above 80 considered fine counts.
  • A Swedish steel manufactured by Sandvik Materials Technology. 14C28N steel is rated between 55 and 62 on the Rockwell hardness scale. 14C28N steel offers a combination of high edge stability and corrosion resistance, making it ideal for knives and cutlery.
  • A stainless steel produced by Crucible Industries. 154CM offers high hardness and durability. Compared to standard 440C, Crucible’s 154CM steel offers greater hardness and higher wear resistance.
  • These are items with barely perceptible blemishes or slight irregularities that do not affect fit, performance or longevity such as an error in the stitching or a slight fading of the product’s color. Labels on 2nds are usually clipped or marked by the manufacturer, and 2nds are often offered at lower prices.
  • This is a soft blend of polypropylene and Lycra® stretch that provides a balance of wind resistance, breathability, evaporation, insulation and ventilation in a wide variety of conditions. 3SP® is often used in active wear, and a soft interior and added stretch make 3SP® great for layering in cold and extreme conditions.
  • Treatment that allows fabric to repel water, wick moisture and dry quickly. 3XDRY® treatment also makes fabric more odor and stain resistant. It is breathable and mostly used in outerwear and sports clothing. Many light clothing items such as shirts and soft shell jackets and pants use the 3XDRY® treatment.
  • A variation of stainless steel that contains 11.5% or higher chromium and has good corrosion resistance. 410 steel may be used to make kitchen utensils, knives and other tools. 410 steel can be annealed, hardened or tempered.
  • A variation of stainless steel that contains 12% or higher chromium. 420 steel has similar corrosion resistance to 410, but offers more hardness and better edge retention. 420 steel is used to manufacture cutlery, pocket knives, scissors and other tools.
  • A type of stainless steel available in three common variations: 440A, 440B and 440C. Because it offers the highest carbon content and most edge retention of the three varieties, 440C is ideal for making knives and other cutting tools. 440A offers the most corrosion resistance of the three varieties, although less edge retention. 440B is essentially a compromise between A and C.
  • A type of stainless steel used to make knives. 8Cr13MoV steel is manufactured in China. According to Spyderco, 8Cr13MoV steel has properties similar to AUS-8.
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