15N20 Bar Stock Steel 3/16" (.187) Thickness - See Length Note
15N20 Carbon Steel
We buy this in 36" lengths and sell it in 12", 24", 36" lengths.
If you buy 1ea, you will get a stick 12" long by the width and thickness shown.
If you buy 2, you will get a bar that is 24" in length.
If you buy 3, you will get a bar that is 36" in length.
**If you buy 2 or 3 and want it cut into 12" length pieces, please specify in the comments section that you would like them cut into 12" pieces.
**Advertised price is for 1qty 12" piece
15N20 is often used with 1084 or 1095 steel to make Damascus due to its 2% Nickel content. The Nickel will make the 15N20 layers stay shiny when the Damascus is acid etched. 15N20 will also make a very good knife on its own. It is a tough alloy that will hold an edge well and is easy to resharpen.
Composition of 15N20 Steel
This steel is fully annealed (soft)
Heat Treatment for 15N20 Carbon Steel
Place blade in forge or Heat treat oven pre-heated to Austenitizing temp 1475°-1500°F (soak for 5 - 10 minutes if using a heat treat oven)
Quench in medium speed oil like Park's AAA
Temper between 350° to 450°F twice for 2 hours each time. Cool to room temperature in between tempers.
Use 350°F for hardness of 61-63 HRC
Use 400°F for hardness of 59-60 HRC
Use 450°F for hardness of 56-57 HRC