Does anybody know what steel flat bars are made from? From what Im guessing its a tool steel thats been case harden.
What Jerry said. Google knife making supplies and you can find a source forI think you'll be disappointed with the result. They can be treated to bring them up to a more usable form, but starting with appropriate steel will make for better knives. Tool steel, files, and saw blades are all possible sources of metal with which to make knives.
Again, just my experience. I'm not a metalurgist or knife maker.
I've found the NJ Steel Baron to be well priced for 1095, just got 4' for not a lot of money. The flats at Home Depot won't take abuse and don't make good knives, but they're fine for grind practice.I usally use 1095 and spring steel and angle iron but at the moment my wallet is alittle tight and I thought maybe flats would be a cheaper source