What do they mean I've heard cleaims its references to tiers of quality/metal higher numbers cost more and all sorts of stuff mythbust this for me cause i'm confused.
model number, yup I know about steel thats why I was calling bs on what they were trying to tell me.I only have one of my Benchmades on me. Under the butterfly is the model number. On the other side of the blade is a number that represents the type of steel used for the blade, e.g. 154CM. Under that, it says Mel Pardue Design.
A higher "steel number" does not necessarily represent better quality steel.
Moreover, "better" is a relative term. Different types of steel are more suited for different uses.