View Full Version : Steel Question

09-25-2009, 06:45 AM
Ok I have purchased steel From Admiral Steel in the past. Mostly 1075/1080. After reading I want to try some 01. So I look at the prices. 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 18 = $20.35. I talk to my machinist friend who say I should look at this place KBC tools. So I look them up and find Starrett 01 with the same dimensions as above for $10.41. I am not saying anything bad about Admiral they are very helpful. I just want to know if anyone has ever used KBC Tools? I should say that there is a $25 min order. If you want to check the out they are on the web at www.kbctools.com.

Les Voorhies
09-25-2009, 08:58 AM
I don't think Admiral shops around to see if their prices are competitive. I discovered the hard way that you have to compare prices and that you don't save more than a couple cents when buying larger pieces from them. usually you save a little money if you buy a 6" wide piece as opposed to four 1.5" wide pieces, not at admiral, it was like 6 cents cheaper. You just have to check other suppliers first.

09-25-2009, 12:19 PM
If you don't have an oven, salt system, or other controled heat source, you will not be able to HT 01 anywhere near it's potential. It would be a waste of money. 01 requires a 20 minute soak at quench temp, around 1475 to 1500, in order to get a good austenite solution. ENCO also has good prices on Starrett 01, but you need controlable heat in order to HT it.

jim moyer
10-02-2009, 02:59 PM
Try this site.

10-05-2009, 10:14 AM
Hello, check ebay and search in industrial and tool catagorie to find some good deals on 01 tool steel, I've had some luck there...:bud: