Carbon Knife Steel 1084, 3.5 x 38 x 1000 mm

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  • Carbon Knife Steel 1084, 3.5 x 38 x 1000 mm


Knife Making Steel bar, 1084 Carbon Steel in 3.5 x 38-40 x 1000 mm

The most popular carbon steel for new 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.

For instance with a forge, a blowtorch or a kiln heating the blade until dull orange and checked against a magnet.

When the steel no longer is attracted to the magnet, it has hit critical temperature and can be QUICKLY quenched in canola oil.

Size of steel bar is about 3.5 mm thick, 38-41 mm wide and 1000 mm long. Note they are cut from plate and vary from 38 to 41 mm in width.

The steel comes already annealed and ready to work.

Annealed means the steel is "soft" and workable with hand tools.

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.

 Heat treating 1084 Carbon Steel:

  • Heat steel to non-magnetic (about 815-820 C)
  • No hold time, quench as soon as hot enough
  • Quench in 30-40 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 870 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.

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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36 Reviews

  • 4
    1084 Carbon Knife Steel

    Posted by Unknown on 3rd May 2022

    Very easy product to work with great steel for beginners

  • 5
    Excellent as described

    Posted by Aaron on 17th Apr 2022

    Steel arrived as described, no bends or damage in transit.

  • 5

    Posted by Stan mance on 3rd Jan 2022

    Hi guys got my steel first time ever making a knife at 56 a long time coming
    It was great to use easy to work with and today we hardened and tonight I’m tempering can’t wait to start the finishing
    Happy new year guys

  • 5
    Knife steel

    Posted by john scriven on 12th Nov 2021

    Great product, easy to use.

  • 4
    1084 steel

    Posted by Paul on 25th Sep 2021

    Happy with the steel so far. Came with a bit of a bend but probably due to transport. Hope it becomes a few lovely pieces of work.

  • 5
    1084 carbon knife steel

    Posted by Terry on 11th Aug 2021

    Very happy with this product fast delivery

  • 5
    Carbon Knife Steel 1084, 3.5 x 38 x 1000 mm

    Posted by Clinton Hardisty on 14th Jul 2021

    Straightest lot I've gotten, very nice steel to work with

  • 5
    1084 carbon steel

    Posted by Alan Meyer on 26th Jun 2021

    1. It's perfectly workable for hand cutting and filing (and hand sanding...ugh..)
    2. Easy to heat treat using non professional equipment in DIY forge
    3. The 36-40mm steel width is much appreciated to make curved blades and full tangs
    4. As this was my first purchase, not sure yet how well the steel will hold its edge.
    5. The sales and after- purchase service from Bjorn is outstanding.
    6. These are good, honest people to deal with.

  • 5

    Posted by gavshell on 19th Jun 2021

    Spot on, as requested. Communication and delivery was great. I'll definitely deal with this company again.

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