Steel??

cnilson

Active Member
What is the the best steel to work with for a newbie?? That is for easy grinding. Will send out for heat treat.
 

Bennie Lovejoy

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Try 1084. Either from Aldo or Tracey at USA knifemakers. Its easy stuff to work with IMHO. Also Its real easy to heat treat yourself.

Bennie
 

LRB

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If you send it out, either A2, or 01. Both come as spheroidized anealled. Dead soft. You can cut slivers from either with a pocket knife. Both have a vast range of sizes to choose from, with 01 having the most.
 

Doug Lester

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If you are going to do stock removal and send the blades out for heat treatment you might want to consider sticking with air quenching steels like A2 or D2. A lot of the professional heat treaters only do air quenching steels, though if you look hard enough you may find someone who will handle oil quenching steels.

Doug Lester
 
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Todd Robbins

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If you are sending it out you can start with just about any steel you want. There's not gonna be a whole lot of noticable difference for someone just starting between any of the common steels, as long as they're annealed. Probably want to avoid the "super steels", though ( those with high vanadium content, to be more precise). I think Peter's will heat treat air hardening and oil hardening steels. O-1 makes about as good of a blade as you can ask for if stain resistence isn't an issue.
 
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JDW

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O1 for a carbon steel, and if you want a stainless steel 440C is good. You can buy both at texasknife.com (Texas Knifemakers Supply) and they will heat treat your 440C blade for you, but not the O1.
 
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