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Old 12-30-2010, 06:25 PM
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Is 1095 carbon steel a good quality steel? What can you guys tell me about it?
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its a silicon core iron. rust resistant not too brittle used in knifes. holds edge good
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1095 is a good steel. It holds an edge relatively well and is easy to sharpen. It will rust which is why you'll find most 1095 blades have a coating however if you keep it oiled and wipe down after use you'll have no problems.

Of course it depends who makes and treats the steel.
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1095 is a good steel. It holds an edge relatively well and is easy to sharpen. It will rust which is why you'll find most 1095 blades have a coating however if you keep it oiled and wipe down after use you'll have no problems.

Of course it depends who makes and treats the steel.
What he said, and emphasis on the red.
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1095 is a great steel 1095 (and 1084, 1070, 1060, 1050, etc.) Many of the 10-series steels for cutlery, though 1095 is the most popular for knives. When you go in order from 1095-1050, you generally go from more carbon to less, from more wear resistance to less wear resistance, and tough to tougher to toughest. As such, you'll see 1060 and 1050, used often for swords. For knives, 1095 is sort of the "standard" carbon steel, not too expensive and performs well. It is reasonably tough and holds an edge well, and is easy to sharpen. It rusts easily. This is a simple steel, which contains only two alloying elements: .95% carbon and .4% manganese. The various Kabars are usually 1095 with a black coating. I made this knife with 1095 and differentially heat treated the blade. the edge is 58 rc while the spine is around 40 rc.
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1095 is a great steel. If you want to watch a short series of videos about steels from a guy who knows what he's talking about, check out this:


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depends on how much your gonna pay for it. A 1095 blade for $400 is not worth it, however for ~$100 or so, its a great steel
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depends on the knife maker where I have seen blades made of 52100E go from 250.00 dollars with sheath to 5000.00 dollars with sheath ,and also good money for
5160 a well . your best blades to me is 5160 it does not get the credit it deserves
1095 is an ok knife steel but it lacks Chromium that adds toughness to the blade .
you can get the same performance from a butcher knife as that as an old hickory and made out of clock spring material 1095-1080-1075 and so one . I don't know every thing and I learn every day , but for a reasonable priced blade hand made custom my favorite is 5160 over 1095 and 01 over 1095 . with a triple quenched edge hardened blade . provides longer edge holding and more durability . anyway that's my take . folks but I do like the blend of 1095- 5160 -52100 - and 01 with nickel steel and about 10 to 15% pure iron added in for a for a good strong Damascus blade .. but for a carbon steel blade with nothing ells to it but the carbon it is an ok steel . if that is all a person had for survival in the timber for a short or a long period of time you could make it work you would have to . but then you can make a Tin can work as a knife chunk of Glass or what ever you had to . and yes I am new here .. hello every one . pleased to meet you .

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triple quenched edge hardened blade . provides longer edge holding and more durability . anyway that's my take
MMMMMM, Ok I guess.
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The nice thing is in a pitch you can sharpen carbon steal with a smooth rock or stone not true with stainless
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1095 is a very good knife steel. Both Esee and Kbar are noted manufacturers who do good 1095. There is a plethora of good custom makers who do 1095 very well. It's a good across the board performer. There are knife steels I like better, however I don't thumb my nose at 1095 at all.
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Is 1095 carbon steel a good quality steel? What can you guys tell me about it?
It doesn't get much better. That's what they make KA BARS out of. Mine is from World War 2 and it will out live me.
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For most people 1095 will compose a knife that will outlive its owner, even if used on a daily basis, as long as it is cared for and well maintained.

There is no perfect steel for a knife. They all come with pros and cons. Get a 1095 blade from a good manufacturer for ~$80-140 and a good sharpening stone or kit and you should be set for some time.

Most people will lose a good knife before they will wear it out, so this is one thing to consider when you're investing in steel...
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1095 is an excellent steel for a small thin-blade working knife. It used to be standard for scalpels before stainless steel came along. 0.95% carbon is a lot of carbon in the metal though, and it doesn't bend all that well, even after tempering.

For bigger blades, 1075 or 1080 (0.75% or 0.80%) are a lot more forgiving and less liable to chipping if you bind the blade. Back in the day there were a lot of swords built out of 1075 steel.

I'm partial to it for files, or for the facing on frizzen pans for fliintlocks.
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1095 is used by every major knife makers at lease in one of there products, or a very similar steel in comparison. I like that Ka-Bar uses the chromium and vanadium in there steel. It doesnt make a massive difference but for the same price, it is a bit nicer.
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It doesn't get much better. That's what they make KA BARS out of. Mine is from World War 2 and it will out live me.
Actually, it does get better.

1095 is a great steel to use. Every knife, almost, makes a knife out of it. But there are better steels out there. For example, the good stainless steels.
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I like 1095 the most myself, 154cm and 5160.
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Not to start a argument but there aren't neccisarly "better steels" because it depends on the task. Many say S30V is the best knife steel but the worst chopping/machete steel due to its hardness and price. Look at 440A, crappy for tasks involving long edge retention but if your a diver then its rust resistance to water makes it prime. Ya you have a blade made out of 154CM but its also about the heat treat. If the knife has a spine that is to hard and a edge to soft or if both are hard or soft then you have crap depending on the task. If your looking for a general good steel with low maintence but good edge retention then 154CM, N680, D2, S30V and S90V all are amazing plus more but usually cost 2 to 3 times as much and are far more difficult to sharpen, but if you are looking for more flexibility for chopping and botoning while being able to do simple carving tasks with good edge retention and easy to sharpen then you have 1095, 5160, 1075, the higher 440 series, some tool steels like A1, then you have the mixed steels like 154CM, 420HC, and the AUS series. So all of these steel are good for the qualitys they posses but it comes down to how much you want to spend, what you use it for, and if the heat treat was done good.
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52100 is for making ball and roller bearings. 1095 is a steel I sometimes use for making gun springs, although I prefer 1070. Perfectly good for making a knife blade, unless your ego gets a boost from paying more for your raw material.

1095 has at most 0.4% silicon, and usually has up to 1% manganese, which is a leftover from the use of manganese to scavenge oxygen and sulphur out of the melt. It is by no means a "silicon core" steel.
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