1080 High Carbon Steel (Damascus Stock)

$3.95

Now offering bulk options:

10 pieces for 34.86 (smaller size)

10 pieces for 52.46 (larger size)

1080 is a "simple" high carbon steel, one of our favorites due to its ease of use and high-performance. We use 1080 in our Damascus-steel as the dark layers in the pattern. Due to its forgiving nature, 1080 is a favorite for beginner knifemakers and bladesmiths; however, it offers a performance level high enough that it is still commonly used by master smiths.

The carbon content of steel is 0.8%, right in the sweet spot for many different applications. It has quite a generous window of forgeable temperatures; it doesn't mind going up to a high yellow while being welded together and doesn't stress fracture easily in the 1500°F (816°C) degree range.

Heat Treating

  • Heat to 1500°F (816°C), just above the critical temperature and quench in warm oil. Temper twice, in 2 hour-long cycles, let cool to room temperature between cycles. Use 400°F (204°C) for high hardness, or 425°F (218°C) for high toughness/ flexibility.

Element: Content %

  • Iron: 98.0 - 99.0
  • Carbon: 0.75 - 0.88
  • Manganese: 0.60-0.90

Uses

  • Knives of all sizes, Swords, woodworking tools, hatchets, Damascus stock when paired with 15N20.

(Click here for 15N20 Stock)

The 7.75" x 2" x 1/8" is a great piece of steel for a stock removal knife! 

The small size of the pieces makes it an excellent starting point for working into a blade with simple tools. We hope you enjoy working with one of our favorite steels!

Click here to read up on 1080 heat treating and hardening.

 Check out the video below to see just one of the uses for 1080!

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