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I'm interested in knowing where you folks purchase your steel from...the 1095 and 15N-20 used in Damascus blades?

I have seen Jantz and New Jersey Steel online...anyone have any experience with them?

 

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I use those two mostly.

 

Jantz is a little more expensive than NJSB, but they have a nice selection of other things and I live close enough that even USPS is usually next day.  They mostly have 18 or 36 inch bars.

 

NJSB has slightly better prices but for me it evens out because the shipping is higher from there. They sell a considerably wider variety of sizes (both length and width)

 

I've not had any trouble with either of them.

 

I have also bought from USAKnifeMaker.com though lately they seem to be constantly out of most things.

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In the distant past I ordered solely from Admiral Steel. I actually have more steel now than I know what to do with, but I am low on a few things like 1/8" thick 1084 and would like some 1075, 15N20 and 80CrV2 in various sizes to fool around with. The next time I order steel will certainly be from New Jersey Steel Baron. Aldo has a reputation as a supplier of high quality steel. 

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I have only ordered from Jantz once, just recently.  I was pleasantly surprised when they processed my order and shipped it out the same day.  I've ordered from Aldo several times and have had no issues either.  Everything has always come in reasonably quickly, and exactly as advertised.  I don't think that you'll go wrong with either.

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I have ordered steel from all those suppliers mentioned above. You are asking about 1095 and 15N20, which gives me the impression that you are sourcing materials specifically for pattern welding. Who you ultimately buy from will largely depend on what equipment you have to work with, because what equipment you have will decide what size stock you will use, and not all suppliers sell the same size stock.

 

I buy my PW supplies from Admiral Steel. I buy big pieces (1-1/2" by 72") of 1095 and 15N20 (8" by 36") because I have the equipment to cut it down to manageable size and forge out large billets. Until recently, the shipping costs from Admiral were significantly less than from NJSB. The last order nearly doubled my materials cost with freight added. You are in PA, so your freight from NJ will be considerably less than mine to AZ.

 

Also, you should check out this thread:

Resources for bladesmithing in the U.S.A.: A US Addendum to "How to become a Bladesmith" by Owen Bush - Tools and Tool Making - Bladesmith's Forum Board (bladesmithsforum.com)

 

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I can absolutely vouch for NJSB also, shipment is always done in a very reasonable amount of time, and prices are reasonable as well :)

Fun tip: if you ask for a small drawing, they'll draw it on your steel!  They did a Totoro for me my first order and it looked great!  I know it's secondary to pricing and shipping, but I think it shows a great sense of humor and commitment to customer satisfaction :D

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I've used all of the sources mentioned, and have had good results.

 

I'll also throw out Kelly Cupples.  One think I like about Kelly is that he will put a couple hundred pre-cut pieces of my favorite pattern welding steels in a flat rate box.  I just keep them in different buckets and pull them out as I need to use them.

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I use Kelly Cupples almost exclusively, mainly from loyalty because he used to come to the NWBA swap meets and I could buy directly and not have to pay shipping.  One thing I've noticed over the past year or so is that he's taking a little longer to fill orders, but that could be a result of COVID (or having more business, so perhaps I should discourage recommending him....:rolleyes:).

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I saw this morning NJSB is closed due to covid. Praying it is not serious and they get back up and running soon.

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