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Knife Making Carbon Steel 1084 (3.2 x 38 x 500 mm)

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Seller: creativemancomau (217) 100%, Location: Narraweena, New South Wales, Ships to: AU & many other countries, Item: 263675215947 Knife Making Steel bar, 1084 Carbon Steel in 3.2 x 38 x 500 mmThe most popular carbon steel for new makers is probably 1084, due to ease of heat treating at home while still making a great blade. The blade can be heat treated anyway you can get it hot enough.Like with a forge, a blowtorch or a kiln and then checked against a magnet to make sure it is hot enough. When the steel no longer is attracted to the magnet, it has hit critical temperature and can be QUICKLY quenched in for instance canola oil.Size of steel bar is about 3.2 mm thick, about 38 mm wide and about 500 mm long. This will be enough for one full-size knife or 2 smaller ones.The steel comes already annealed, 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 using one of the methods mentioned above, 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 820 C)No hold time, quench as soon as hot enoughQuench in canola oil you have heated to 30-40 C Temper twice, for 2 hours at 200 C (in a kitchen stove, for instance)Optional: it is recommended to normalize the steel by heating it to non-magnetic and letting it air cool a couple of times before quenching. This helps reduce stress in the steel before the (stressful) quench, and will also help reduce grain size if the blade has been overheated, creating larger than ideal grains.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. Condition: New, Blade Material: Carbon Steel, Brand: CreativeMan

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