Thursday, July 30, 2015

Steel for blade making

Blades are manufactured from stainless steel or carbon steel. Today there are a number of excellent steels available. They all, have their advantages and disadvantages.

If this is a blade that will spend in majority of its time in a corrosive environment a stainless steel would be the obvious choice.

If edge retention and impact strength are the prime considerations, a good carbon steel would be a direction to consider.

The best type of steel for blade making had to be high in carbon content to give it a long lasting edge. Arabic blade-smiths relied on steel with high carbon content. The best, known as Damascus blades, have been legendary for their sharpness since the Crusades.
Steel for blade making

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