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O-1, or oil hardening type 1, is a tool steel that has a place in many industries, including and particularly knife making. Easy to forge and grind, O-1 is a great steel for many applications among seasoned makers with the ability to accurately heat treat it. O-1 does require specific temperatures and soak times so it may not be an optimum choice for inexperienced novice makers with limited equipment.
As a deep hardening, high carbon tool steel, O-1 is hard to beat, literally.
From beasty competitions choppers to elegant high-speed kitchen cutlery,
Very few steels carry the name and legacy of A-2 tool steel; it is a versatile, air hardening; and characterized by good toughness and excellent non-deforming properties in heat treatment.
A-2 is intermediate in wear resistance compared by many experienced, seasoned pros as being somewhat between O-1 and D-2.
Its effective combination of strength and toughness means guaranteed performance at an affordable price and immediate steel name recognition.
A2 works like a 1% carbon and arrives full annealed to 12/22Rc, but, when heat treated, will easily pull as high as 62Rc.
With a long outstanding history, when looking for a classic air hardening tool steel, A2 is a winner time and again, year after year.
Once discontinued and as rare as hen’s teeth, Our W2 is specifically, specially formulated for easy working and reliable, repeatable results that show in performance time and again. The steel for hamons, while it can be tricky learning how to do, our W-2 is known for producing differential hardening effects, unlike any other steel. The combination of High carbon and simple alloying means that, even though it requires a fast quench oil, and seasoned, experienced maker, with time and patience, will soon find themselves falling in love with our W-2 time after time; and why it is particularly so highly sought after for large blades or swords right down to the simplest kiridashi or paring knife. Once you have your methods nailed down, you’ll find yourself reaching for it any time you need a piece of steel to make a keen, mean, cutting machine that is a simple joy to use.