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Dan Breen

Where can I buy steel for knife making?

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I have been making knives out of mystery steel for about a year now and I think it is time I should invest in some good quality steel. I do hot work and cold work depends on what I am doing but at the moment mostly cold work. I am trying to find a place where I can buy o1 tool steel. The problem is I live in Darwin region Australia and I can't buy specific types of steel locally. I was told to look at online stores in America by another knife maker because it is a lot cheaper but I am not sure what site I should get it from. Sorry for being so difficult in finding metal but it would really help if I found a good site to get steel from.

Dan

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Aldo Bruno. Google New Jersey Steel Baron. He's hands down the best steel supplier in the country.

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check out admiral steel if your looking to go the cheap route. 

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3 hours ago, HSJackson said:

Have you tried these guys?  https://www.artisansupplies.com.au

 

Looks like they're out of O1 right now but they show some other steels in stock. 

Have you taken a good look at their site?? I mean I don't know the company so I took the link and read the "about us" I don't know what kind of cost is involved in shipping with their company but you may want to take a look at the other link below! Notice the highlighted in Orange text. Usually over the pond stuff ain't cheap do to shipping, customs and the like!!

GAMECO ARTISAN SUPPLIES

Be a creator of your own art! Gameco Artisan Supplies is a supplier of specialist materials and supplies for Black Smithing, Knifemaking, Boro Glass (Lampworking, beading, fusing etc), Ceramics, Leather Working, Kilns and Model Making. With new products added weekly stay tuned and don’t be afraid to ask if you need materials and tools available for you and made craft available in Australia! At Gameco Artisan Supplies work Knifemakers, Glass- and Lampworkers and Blacksmiths to give you the best advice and supply you the material to create your pieces of art. Gameco was founded in Brisbane in 1972 and today we have warehouse facilities in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Masterton, New Zealand. We endeavour to be a one stop shop for all kinds of hard to get materials and supplies for your bespoke craft and we love a challenge! Currently we stock Black Smithing, Knifemaking, Glass (Lampworking, beading, fusing etc), Ceramics, Leather Working and Model Making material in Sydney and Masterton, New Zealand. Gameco – Artisan Supplies dispatches worldwide to wherever you are. Knifemakers and Blacksmiths join our Australian Blacksmith, Bladesmith and Knifemakers Facebook Community Group with currently more than 12600 group members.

 

http://cheapcouriercomparison.com.au/australia-to-united-states/

 

Admiral steel is OK for small orders. http://www.admiralsteel.com/      click on the  Stainless & Specialty Blade Steels

I have also bought from the New Jersey Steel Baron, or Aldo. His prices aren't bad either and he has a very good reputation in the blade making bussiness! Also a good guy to talk  with!   http://newjerseysteelbaron.com/  He probably has a wider selection but most new makers are looking for something in the 1075, 1080, 1084, or 1095. When getting started it is the easiest to master righht out of the gate!!

Hope that helps1

 

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C.Craft, the OP is in Oz.

O1 should be simple enough to find in any online hardware supply house, it's just not usually called O1 - what you;re looking for is 'Precision Ground Flat Stock'. Drill rod will be W1 or silver steel.

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We call O1 - 1.2510 O2 -1.2842, both kinda same composition google that

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7 hours ago, jake cleland said:

C.Craft, the OP is in Oz.

 

Duh, I must have missed that, should have read more closely!!! So then shipping is not a problem from https://www.artisansupplies.com.au/.

 

But probably will be on the other two I gave you. Wow, I knew I needed a couple more cups of Joe this morning!!!

Sorry about the senior moment!!!

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Thanks guys I am going to get my metal off artisan supplies the metal I am selecting is 440c for stainless steel, 

1045 tool steel square bar and 1095 carbon steel. Thanks so much for your help.

 

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3 hours ago, Dan Breen said:

Thanks guys I am going to get my metal off artisan supplies the metal I am selecting is 440c for stainless steel, 

1045 tool steel square bar and 1095 carbon steel. Thanks so much for your help.

 

Hey Dan, they are not bad to deal with however if your after 1075, try tharwa valley forge. I've found artisan supplies always out of stock, so ring to confirm. P.s. I'm in aus. :P

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6 hours ago, Dan Breen said:

Thanks guys I am going to get my metal off artisan supplies the metal I am selecting is 440c for stainless steel, 

1045 tool steel square bar and 1095 carbon steel. Thanks so much for your help.

 

You're aware 440C is a difficult alloy to HT, right?  Not saying you can't do it, but I would hate to let anyone buy some only to find out they aren't equipped to HT it when I could have said something.  

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5 hours ago, Jerrod Miller said:

You're aware 440C is a difficult alloy to HT, right?  Not saying you can't do it, but I would hate to let anyone buy some only to find out they aren't equipped to HT it when I could have said something.  

Oh yes I see I do not think I won't to keep it hot for an hour and a half I do not have enough gas or sub zero temps. Do you recommend I do not get a stainless steel and just stick with high carbon and tool steels ?

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When you're new to heat treating, I like to suggest 1080/184 or 1070 for plain carbon, but 5160 is the other great go-to while learning how to HT.  Then you can work up to 1095 and other things (1095 being the next smallest step up in difficulty).  I'd avoid all stainless until you have a firm grip on the basic alloys.  

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Thanks man I think I will just stick with high carbon and tool steels for now just makes life easier and cheaper.

 

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Glad I could save you some head/heart-ache!  

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Hey Dan I'm still new to this but the web site I found is texasknifemakers.com or texasknifemaker.com they different steels and sell them by the foot. The cheapest I saw was $6 a foot for 1080 and it varied depending on what you wanted

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Thanks For the comment Daniel but I have already bought steel from artisan supplies and because I am in Australia texasknifemakers would probably cost more in shipping.

 

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