View Full Version : Heat Treating 440c Question

05-21-2010, 09:42 PM
Does anyone have any good tips or tricks to heat treating 440c stainless? I'm looking to get around 60 on the rockwell scale. Should I oil quench, water, or something else? Any advice would be GREATL appreciated.



Chris Martin
05-21-2010, 10:00 PM
Good to see you here, Jace!

I am sure someone will be here soon to help2thumbs

This might help for starters!

Enjoy the forum Jace....Lots of great folks here!


mike miller
05-21-2010, 10:01 PM
Jace most try to get 57-58 rc on the 440C.

05-22-2010, 01:25 AM
Jace most try to get 57-58 rc on the 440C.

What temperature and for how long? How many times?

This is literally my first knife, and I have poor heat treating techniques...

mike miller
05-22-2010, 06:44 AM
Hold 1880degrees for 15 minutes and then temper 250 for an hour cool to room temp then another hour at 250

05-22-2010, 02:22 PM
Thanks mike! I'll fire up the coals after the Fliers/Habs game. I'll let you know how it goes!

Thanks again you guys.


mike miller
05-22-2010, 03:09 PM
Jace it should be in a controlled temp oven in heat treat foil to keep the scale down. IT is an air cooled steel.