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1095 Carbon Steel

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.136 in23.5 in2.0 in $11.00
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1095 Blade Steel Information and Composition


One of the best ways to make excellent knives is to use repeatable and reliable processes and materials. 1095 does not meet this criteria. The problem is the specifications are too loose. The composition shown above is for this specific batch of steel.

Here is the standard specification for 1095:

Carbon:0.950 - 1.050
Silicon:0.150 - 0.350
Manganese:0.300 - 0.600
Phosphorus:0.000 - 0.025
Sulfur:0.000 - 0.025
Chromium:0.000 - 0.400
Molybdenum:0.000 - 0.100
Nickel:0.000 - 0.400

There are five elements where the acceptable percentage ranges from 0.000% to a maximum of .400%. This is a ridiculous amount of variation. Loose tolerances is the primary reason why we previously chose not to stock 1095.

We purchased several thousand pounds of 1095 from the same melt. This means you can buy 1095 from us and it will be repeatable and reliable when heat treating.


New Knifemakers

I’ve heard many beginning knifemakers say 1095 and O1 are the best steel for beginning knifemakers. When I ask where they learned this information, they almost always say YouTube. Do not believe anyone on YouTube who says 1095 and/or O1 are the best beginner steels. They are wrong. If they are wrong about steel, what other erroneous information are they sharing? In my opinion, the best steel alloys for beginners are 1084, 15N20, 5160, 80CrV2 or 8670. All these steels are much easier to heat treat than 1095 and O1.

I do not recommend 1095 for beginning knifemakers. If you are a new knifemaker and you make a knife with our 1095 that does not get hard, do not complain. You have been warned to use a different steel.


Chasing the Hamon

Some knifemakers like to use 1095 because they want to make a knife with a hamon. Our 1095 has .44% manganese. This means you can get some very nice hamons.


Quenching the Steel

1095 must be quenched quickly to achieve full hardness. I recommend using Park’s #50 as the quenching oil. Some people recommend quenching in water or brine. These quenchants work, but you will get many cracks. The safest, most repeatable and reliable quenching oil is Park’s #50. It is worth the money.

When heat treating 1095, keep your quench tank close to your oven or forge. When the steel is at the correct temperature, remove the blade from the heat source and quench in one smooth, safe motion. Do not delay.  Quench as quickly as possible or you will not achieve full hardness.


🔥 1095 Heat Treat Info:

1095 Heat Treat Info is for Customers Only

1095 Steel Heat Treating Services:
Peters Heat Treating

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