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Old 09-12-2014, 12:13 PM   #1
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Where do you buy your steel and what kind to you prefer?

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Old 09-12-2014, 12:18 PM   #2
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I'm kinda new to knife making and have been using 1084 because it's easy to heat treat in a gas forge.

I recently bought a electric oven so that will soon be changing.

I get my steel here:

http://newjerseysteelbaron.com/
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Old 09-12-2014, 01:06 PM   #3
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I'm kinda new to knife making and have been using 1084 because it's easy to heat treat in a gas forge.

I recently bought a electric oven so that will soon be changing.

I get my steel here:

http://newjerseysteelbaron.com/
I agree; don't buy from Jantz or Texas Knifemakers; Aldo the steel baron sells the best quality steel for a good price. Kevin is right stick with 1084 easier to heat treat if you don't have a controlled method.
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Old 09-12-2014, 02:43 PM   #4
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admiral steel they are good people
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Old 09-12-2014, 02:46 PM   #5
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my brother is making an amazing Bowie knife from a leaf spring, its an extremely tough metal its almost finished, cant wait to see it
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:04 PM   #6
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I like Admiral Steel too, but shipping is expensive. Fortunately I have a couple of knife making buddies that usually go in on an order with me so we split shipping charges
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:16 PM   #7
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my brother is making an amazing Bowie knife from a leaf spring, its an extremely tough metal its almost finished, cant wait to see it
One of these days, I'm going to make a sword out of a leaf spring.
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:18 PM   #8
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I agree; don't buy from Jantz or Texas Knifemakers; Aldo the steel baron sells the best quality steel for a good price.
Are you saying that 1095 (or any other steel) bought from steel baron is going to be better than 1095 (or any other steel) bought at Jantz or Texas Knifemaker? I thought 1095 was 1095, and it was pretty much all the same.
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:22 PM   #9
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Aldo , the New Jersey Steel Baron has good prices , good steel and is a good person to deal with.
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:37 PM   #10
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One of these days, I'm going to make a sword out of a leaf spring.
yes after this knife, that's his next project, he said its almost comparable to Japanese steel, I cant wait to see it.
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Old 09-12-2014, 04:20 PM   #11
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Are you saying that 1095 (or any other steel) bought from steel baron is going to be better than 1095 (or any other steel) bought at Jantz or Texas Knifemaker? I thought 1095 was 1095, and it was pretty much all the same.
Jantz is a retailer, so the price you'd pay for a 12" bar is just a little under of what you'd pay for a 20ft bar from a steel supplier like Admiral. But, I guess if you're only making A knife it comes out to about the same when you add in shipping.
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Old 09-12-2014, 04:49 PM   #12
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I agree with Robert, what it costs you at Jantz for a 18" piece of bar stock, you can get a 4' piece from Aldo for not much more, I order 10 4' pieces at a time.
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Old 09-12-2014, 04:59 PM   #13
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NJSB's website is confusing to me. Maybe I just hadn't checked it out good or something but can someone explain how to find what your looking for on it? Specifically, what are the color code things?

I"ve been ordering from Admiral Steel. But you have to order 6' at a time and shipping isn't cheap.
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Old 09-12-2014, 05:06 PM   #14
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NJSB's website is confusing to me. Maybe I just hadn't checked it out good or something but can someone explain how to find what your looking for on it? Specifically, what are the color code things?

I"ve been ordering from Admiral Steel. But you have to order 6' at a time and shipping isn't cheap.
call the # and ask to speak to Aldo, that's what I like about it, he's the man and he will answer all your questions.
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Old 09-12-2014, 05:09 PM   #15
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He is a great guy even though he's a yankee.
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Old 09-12-2014, 05:38 PM   #16
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Thanks for the help
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Old 09-12-2014, 09:54 PM   #17
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I buy all my steel from Aldo!!! Great guy and the steel is top notch.
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:04 PM   #18
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Aldo's website is confusing and hard to navigate for sure. The steel I have gotten from them has been top notch though. I have heard the site is not very up to date on what they have.

My last few purchases have been from Admiral and I have no complaints.
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I purchase my stuff from Jantz and njsb
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Old 08-15-2018, 04:53 PM   #20
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Ditto on Aldo!
Much of Aldo's steel is, from what I researched, formulated specifically for the knife maker and to Aldo's own specs.
All the steel I have gotten from him has been clean and pure and I almost never have problems with it. His 1095 is the best I have ever used. I also like his 80CrV2 and 51200 for my blades. I will take Aldo's steel over Alpha or Jantz x 10.
Shipping costs for steel is never going to be cheap because of it's weight.
Now if I could just find me some good USA made damascus for cheap
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Are you saying that 1095 (or any other steel) bought from steel baron is going to be better than 1095 (or any other steel) bought at Jantz or Texas Knifemaker? I thought 1095 was 1095, and it was pretty much all the same.
Sam correct 1095 is 1095 however 3/16 steel from Aldo is .210 from Jantz I'm lucky if its even .185. Jantz cost more for a piece of pitted steel that I have to run through my surface grinder to give me a good enough piece of steel that I can sell to my customers.
just not a good value on steel!
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Old 08-17-2018, 08:31 AM   #22
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Ditto on Aldo!
Now if I could just find me some good USA made damascus for cheap
Lol, if you find a unicorn, let me know.

Alabama Damascus is USA made, and cheap relative to some of the other options. Good-ish, at least. Not my favorite.
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Old 08-17-2018, 08:37 AM   #23
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Lol, if you find a unicorn, let me know.

Alabama Damascus is USA made, and cheap relative to some of the other options. Good-ish, at least. Not my favorite.
Once cold weather gets here and I can stand the heat from my forge I will solve the problem myself------------------maybe?
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Old 08-17-2018, 08:50 AM   #24
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Where do you buy your steel and what kind to you prefer?

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To answer last part of the original question, I like 1095 overall for hardness and sharpness and edge holding for the amount of work I have to do with it to get a good blade. 80CrV2 or 1084+ as some have called it is the easiest for me to work , grind and heat treat and have great edge holding and not rust as bad as some, therefore I use more 80Crv2 than anything else. 51200 is some badd azz steel but requires a lot of time to heat treat properly. It takes a scary sharp edge and will keep it thru a lot of use. No matter what steel the final result is always in the heat treatment. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. I like Aldo's carbon steels since it comes annealed is easy to grind and doesn't always require the normalizing steps that some steels do.
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Old 08-17-2018, 10:01 AM   #25
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Man its been a while since I've made anything. Life got in they way but I actually got to where I enjoyed working with D2 the best, and there was a guy in Arlington that was selling it for prices that Aldo sold 1095.
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I like 52100. As well I have gotten into making my own Damascus
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