Carbon Knife Steel 1084, 6 x 50 x 1000 mm

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Knife Making Steel bar, 1084 Carbon Steel in 6 x 50 x 1000 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 6 mm thick, 50 mm wide and 1000 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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8 Reviews

  • 5
    CARBON KNIFE STEEL 1084, 6 X 50 X 1000 MM

    Posted by Travis on 19th Sep 2021

    fast shipping. packaged nice. product is what was described in description. I will be happy to purchase more products from Nordic Edge.

  • 5

    Posted by David Howard on 20th Jul 2021

    Perfect for what I am after

  • 5

    Posted by Kerry on 25th Jun 2021

    The steel is great for us beginners.The delivery time was as always so quick and no troubles.

  • 5
    6mm x 50mm x 1000

    Posted by Steve Misdale on 24th Jan 2021

    just what I needed

  • 5
    Great materials

    Posted by Rob on 9th Sep 2020

    Bought a bulk pack of 1084 bars. Great deal on great steel. Prompt delivery so I was churnibg out knives quick!

  • 5
    6mm 1084

    Posted by on 30th Dec 2019

    Dead straight, nice and clean

  • 5

    Posted by Beau mead on 7th Oct 2019

    Nice soft easy to work with ,stoked

  • 5
    1084 carbon steel

    Posted by Blacks Blades on 6th Sep 2019

    Very good steel.. i have been getting very good results from this steel.. it arrives clean and rust free, i will be buying more.... highly recommend...

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