1084 - High Carbon Blade Steel

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  • 1084 - High Carbon Blade Steel


1084 High Carbon Steel 

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The most popular carbon steel for knife makers is probably 1084 Carbon Steel, due to ease of heat treatment. High quality blade steel for knife making by forging and stock removal. Suitable for use by hand tools as well as grinder.

The blade can be heat treated any way you can get it hot enough, no soak time or complicated temperature changes required.

The steel comes already annealed (soft) and ready to work.

It can be drilled, filed, ground and shaped with relative ease. Look up hand filing jig on youtube for an easy to make hand filing jig for making even bevels.

This steel will need to be heat treated, either at home or by sending it away for professional heat treatment. 

This is the steel used in the carbon steel basic knife making kit and in our workshops at Nordic Edge.

 Heat treating 1084 Carbon Steel:

  • Heat steel to non-magnetic (max 815 C)
  • No hold time, quench as soon as hot enough
  • Quench in heated (40-60 C) canola oil for a fast, effective quench
  • Temper twice, for 2 hours at 200 C (in a kitchen stove, for instance)

Optional: it is recommended to stress relieve the steel by heating it to red hot and letting it air cool a couple of times before quenching. This helps reduce stress in the steel before the (stressful) quench. If wanting to normalise to refine grain size, heat to 875 C and let air cool 2-3 times. Normalising is done if the steel has been forged, if doing stock removal this step is not usually done. (Pro tip: ALWAYS normalise before quenching for a stronger blade)

showing blades after normalizing cycles, where the blades are heated and left to air cool. This is often done before quenching, helping to releave tension from the blade before quenching. It also helps reduce the grain size if the blade has been overheated and is generally a good idea.

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9 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Hayden kemp on 3rd May 2024

    Brilliant postage very good pricing overall very happy with steel and service

  • 5
    Quick delivery, well packaged good product!

    Posted by burt dekeyzer on 23rd Apr 2024

    Recommend to all.

  • 5
    Carbide file guide

    Posted by gnlaing on 3rd Apr 2024

    A great product,hard to know what I did without it.

  • 5
    6mm and 10mm by 50mm by 900mm

    Posted by Billy Pearce on 3rd Mar 2024

    As always ordered shipped immediately and exactly what I wanted arrived.
    Great steel to work with. I have 3 WIP from this order.
    Highly recommended

  • 4
    Good product

    Posted by William Mebberson on 3rd Mar 2024

    Easy to use and heat treat,highly recommend

  • 5
    Very good

    Posted by A C Day on 1st Feb 2024

    Very good

  • 5
    Good product

    Posted by Andrew Best on 13th Aug 2023

    Will purchase again

  • 5
    1084 high carbon blade steel

    Posted by Gerry Pearsall on 11th Apr 2023

    easy to use, easy to heat treat

  • 5
    1084 Steel

    Posted by Poulos Michael on 16th Mar 2023

    Great service, great product. Knife I made from it turned out great! Thanks for the good service folks.

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