We stock a range of 1075 high carbon steel for bladesmithing or stock removal. The steel works well under the hammer and has minimal movement in heat treatment. The steel is annealed ready for filing or grinding. This is not precision ground stock (hence the good price) so there may be slight warpage which is easily hammered or bent out.
The strips are cut with a plasma cutter, so there may be a small amount of edge hardening from the flame (<.5mm), this may make initial cutting with a hacksaw difficult. If the edge is ground back a little, it should be fine then to cut by hand.
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For composition and heat treating information see Properties of Carbon Steel
1075 Grade Steel Data
With 0.75% Carbon. Produces a hard blade (depending on heat treatment) and shows the hamon line. Perfect for Japanese style blades.
Carbon: 0.65 to 0.75
Manganese : 0.60 to 0.90
Wear Resistance: Medium
Toughness: high to medium depending on the carbon content
Red Hardness: very low
Distortion in heat treating: very low
Forging: Start at 950 to 1010C
Austenite forging: Yes
Hardening: 790 to 840C
Tempering: 150 to 260C
RC Hardness: 62 to 55, depending upon carbon content