AEB-L/13C26 Information & Composition

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AEB-L was originally developed for razor blades. Sandvik copied AEB-L and calls it 13C26. These steels are formulated with just enough carbon for the steel to get very hard but not make any chromium carbides. The extreme fine grain makes them easy to sharpen, have good edge holding and excellent edge stability.

I've recommended this stainless steel to knifemakers for years. Anyone who has been around me will tell you I love this steel. Try it and let us know what you think of it. We're working with Uddeholm and Sandvik to get thicker material.

AEB-L is used by several damascus makers including Devin Thomas, Rob Thomas and Gerome Weinand in their stainless damascus.

14C28N is shown in the table above for comparison purposes.

Data Sheets:

AEB-L Data Sheet
13C26 Data Sheet
14C28N Data Sheet

Heat Treating Information:
Preheat: Heat to 1560° and equalize.

1920°F Austenitize: Ramp to 1940°F and hold at temperature for 15 minutes. Oil or plate or air quench as quickly as possible.

1975°F Austenitize: Ramp to 1995°F and hold at temperature for 5 minutes. Oil or plate or air quench as quickly as possible.

Cryogenic Treating: To get the most from AEB-L you must cryo. Cool to -95 °F. No soak is required.

Temper: Temper immediately after hardeneing or cryo. Temper at least 2 times for two hours each time. Use the table below to achieve desired hardness.


Heat Treating Services:
Pacific Metallurgical
Paul Bos Heat Treating
Peters Heat Treating

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