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Among those classic forging steels thought to be in limited quantity available to makers, it has become one of the top selling and recommended steels. Our own blend of 1084 has been carefully adjusted so that forges and grinds easily, requires only the very basics of a simple heat treatment, and an ideal choice for makers both beginners and seasoned smiths alike. Since 1084 is a high carbon steel, it will rust and tarnish if not properly taken care of, so makers should warn customers of possible corrosion issues if they do not clean and oil blades after use.
Straight from our stock, our 1084 comes pickled and annealed, so makers can be assured that it will arrive ready and able to be forged or ground into a great blade, or used in damascus steel production.
Whether you want to make a kitchen knife, small every day carry, or that big honking zombie or camp chopper, you won’t be disappointed by our 1084’s ability to harden, offer good abrasion resistance, solid edge retention, and even the ability to hamon when heat treated well.
A favorite steel for many knife makers and enthusiasts, our 1095 has earned a respected reputation as being excellent for forging, grinding, and taking a wonderful edge.
Overall, 1095 does prove to be a little more difficult to heat treat for some makers as it is hyper-eutectoid and best used with an accurate means of reading temperature and a fast quench oil (we recommend Parks 50).
Those that have mastered heat treating 1095, however, have produced some of the most beautiful hamons.
We’ve kept our 1095 a constant simple recipe so that makers can get consistent, steady results from first to last over their many years making knives and tools.
While it may seem a little pricey, our 1095 is the best in the industry hands down due to the fact it provides easily predicted results each time, every time.
Like most of our steels it is pickled and annealed, so it arrives to you ready to go whether you use it in damascus or grind out a quick kitchen knife.
Like all high carbon steels, rust or stains can happen, be sure to inform your customers they’ll need to use good maintenance so as to not ruin the finish or to allow a natural patina to form over time, especially kitchen cutlery.
15N20 is a high nickel alloy most commonly used with 1084 or 1095 to create pattern welded or “Damascus” steel.
We carry a variety of different thicknesses up to 1/8″ and have found that even 15N20 on its own makes great knife steel.
In other industries, it is used for saw blades.
Although mistaken to be the new kid on the block, 80CrV2 has actually been around for ages under the common nickname “Swedish saw steel.”
A high carbon chrome-vanadium, 80CrV2 is a tough as nails workhorse steel.
It provides the essential qualities of a 1080-series steel, with all the perks of a high chrome steel like 5160.
We’ve brought it on board for its ability to be readily forged and ground alike, and like 5160, only need a very simple heat treat similar to 5160 that will meet all the expectations of seasoned pros and be more forgiving to makers just beginning.
It’s for these reasons that many makers whose careers were built on 5160 have joined us and made 80CrV2 their go-to steel for everything they make.
If you have a task you think would fit 5160, give 80CrV2 a try–it’s an excellent chrome-based high carbon steel with some additional perks in grain refinement that will leave you grinning every time.
From kitchen knives to tomahawks and swords, to pocket knives and hunters on down to little craft carving blades, 80CrV2 is a champ in the making, no matter the project.
A chromium alloy steel traditionally used for bearings and other high-pressure applications, 52100 is excellent to use in forging, grinding, and cutlery production with a reputation for great toughness and durability on its own or forge-welded to other steels, such as 410 or 416.
Our 52100 comes pickled and annealed soft enough that it works like butter whether doing stock removal or forging. Few steels have as long a legacy or notoriety as 52100 when it comes to tough working steel.
Regardless if you’re looking to make a lean and mean kitchen machine or a hard use battle grade fighting blade, our 52100 is known as a champion steel in any arena and against any challenge.
As a deep hardening steel, 52100 offers all the benefits of high toughness and abrasion resistance while absorbing laughing off shock or taking a super fine edge in wicked thin knives.
And when it comes to clad materials, few steels are as readily accepted and recognized for the contrast and performance offered when used as a core steel.
It may be a little trickier to heat treat than more simple carbon steels like 1075, but when given the temperatures and soak times it needs, it will amaze you every time.