I think we are getting pretty far away from answering the original question. Think ideal steel, not just settling, best you can do. I love the Vic paring knives as well. There's always one in our knife drawer. That said, the steel is far from ideal. An $80 420hc knife? Probably will work just fine. Ideal? Not in my mind. I'll stick with my answer that LC200n would be the ideal steel for a lime cutting bar tender's knife, IMO of course. Water way would be great!