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Cody Killgore

Good Source of Larger Blade Steel?

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Lately, I've been wanting to work on integrals and larger knives. With the addition of my rolling mill I built a few months ago, getting nice flat bar stock out of larger round/square stock is easier than ever and having larger stock gives me the freedom to make whatever size/configuration blade I want.

The problem I'm having is locating a good source of larger stock (preferably round). I have a little bit of Don Hanson W2, I have a few nice 52100 roller bearings, and I have a little bit of 1.2" round cruforge v. All of those sources are dried up now.

I can buy some drill rod O1 and W1 online through regular steel suppliers but I'm a little worried on the quality of the steel and where in the spec range they fall.

So... I'm wondering if anyone has a good source or even if you've bought some O1/W1 drill rod from somewhere and have had good success with it. Basically I'm looking for a place to purchase some 1.25" - 1.5" round bar. Maybe there's a source I've just missed?

Edited by Cody Killgore

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I've had good results with W-1 drill rod from MSCDirect.  It's made in the USA, and not too expensive for what it is.  The W-1 / O-1 drill rod from Fastenal is imported.

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Thanks Alan. I may give MSC a try.

I guess the other option is to start making a lot more stuff out of damascus :lol:

I wish there was a good source of W2 round bar.

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I've used Hudson Tool Steel for industrial applications:

(https://www.hudsontoolsteel.com)

Not insanely cheap, but I like the data they give with it.

Edited to add: I don't see W2 on a cursory glance, but W1 and O1 are there.

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Could always weld a bunch of flat bar together... Might get some faint weld lines, but if you soak for a good while in a reducing atmosphere it should help get rid of bright lines. 

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Yeah, I do want to avoid those lines. That's also a lot of extra work just to get some usable stock. Always a possibility but I feel like if I was going to crank up the welding forge, it'd be just as easy to just make damascus.

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