1080 High Carbon Steel (Damascus Stock)
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 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
- Knives of all sizes, Swords, woodworking tools, hatchets, Damascus stock when paired with 15N20.
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!
Check out the video below to see just one of the uses for 1080!