50100 High Carbon Steel (Comparable to 1095) - .145" x 3.5" x 36"
It is a great price! But they’re not perfectI bought a stack of 10 bars and was initially impressed at the shipping cost, only $9.
Regarding the steel, most of the bars had some kind of bend or arc in them, more so than the typical amount you’ll get from USAKnife (usually very little). For cutting blanks, this is a nuisance more than a deal breaker as this is thicker than I need. I haven’t heat treated yet so I can’t speak to how they handle that.
To get a similar about of 1095 would be about 2x - 4x the cost (plus shipping), so this is a really good deal. Just assume that you’ll probably have a little extra work out have to purchase extra material.
Great ValueI have made several blades from this steel. It is extremely durable and holds a decent edge on a Kukri I made. A little tough to sand with used abrasives, but will sand and polish up to a nice shine.
50100 Steel (Comparable to 1095)
.145” x 3.5” x 36”
*All bars are cut from a piece roughly 6' long, cut bars can vary between 35" to 37" in length
50100 bearing steel simply put is 1095 with .5% Chrome added. This steel is a one time purchase for us. Once its gone, its gone. We got it all at a great price and we are passing the saving on to our customers.
Sold only in 36” bars limit 10 bars per purchase
Composition of 50100 steel Composition of 1095
C .99 C 1.0
Cr .57 Cr –
Mn .45 Mn .45
P .011 P .04
Si .005 S .05
Heat Treatment for 50100 Carbon Steel
Place blade in forge or Heat treat oven pre-heated to Austenitizing temp 1500°F (soak for 5 - 10 minutes if using a heat treat oven)
Quench in fast oil like Park's 50
Temper between 350° to 400°F twice for 2 hours each time. Cool to room temperature in between tempers.
This Should give a hardness of 60-62 HRC