Carbon Knife Steel 1084, 3.5 x 38 x 330 mm

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  • Each billet of carbon steel is 3.2 mm thick, about 38 mm wide and 240-250 mm long.
  • shown with optional components in the carbon steel knife making kit
  • Each billet of carbon steel is 3.2 mm thick, about 38 mm wide and 240-250 mm long.
  • shown with optional components in the carbon steel knife making kit


Knife Making Steel bar, 1084 Carbon Steel in 3.5 x 38 x 330 mm

The most popular carbon steel for new makers is probably 1084 Carbon Steel, due to ease of heat treatment.

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 mm wide and 330 mm long.

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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7 Reviews

  • 4

    Posted by Unknown on 1st Mar 2022

    Very good.

  • 5

    Posted by Adam on 11th Feb 2022

    Easy to work with

  • 5
    First Order

    Posted by Andrew Azzopardi on 6th Dec 2021

    The steel came on time and in good condition. Will definitely order more in the future.

  • 5
    carbon steel

    Posted by graeme on 8th Aug 2021

    young fella cant wait to fire the forge up.

  • 5
    1084 Steel

    Posted by Pete on 30th Apr 2021

    Quality product, super fast delivery. Not much else to say

  • 5
    Nice material

    Posted by Jason on 29th Aug 2020

    Hi there! Thanks for my 1084 steel! I'm just starting out making chip carving knifes and micro lathe chisels cos I just can't get want I want for a reasonable price, so figured why not make my own! I started off repurposing old pocket knives but soon got fed up with their inconsistencies. This material is really nice to work, very consistent, and polishes beautifully! A very generous blank for my future blades! Looking forward to working them on some nice Ozzie timbers but most of all it's such a good feeling watching my own hand made tools come to life from it! Quick delivery with a nice surprise and a great sense of pride in what you do! Can't wait to purchase my next item!

  • 5

    Posted by Johnny Atkins on 22nd May 2020

    Exactly as ordered, swift delivery.

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