Elmax .172" Thickness - See Length Note

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Elmax Bar Stock


We buy this in 36" lengths and sell it in 12", 24", and 36" lengths.

If you buy 1, 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


  • Hot rolled and Annealed (soft)
  • Water jet cut
  • Thickness will be slightly oversize


Composition of Elmax Steel

   Carbon 1.70%

   Chromium  18.00%

   Vanadium  3.00%

   Molybdenum  1.00%

   Silicon  0.80%

   Manganese  0.30%


Elmax is a particle metallurgy stainless steel made by Uddeholm. It is a well balanced knife steel that offers very good corrosion resistance, edge holding and good toughness. It is a good steel to choose for almost any type of knife, including high quality hunting knives, kitchen knives, or folding knives.


Heat Treatment for Elmax

Wrap blade in stainless steel heat treat foil

Bring to 1500°F and equalize (let it soak for 10 minutes)

Bring it up to Austenitizing temp 1980° - 2010°F and hold for 30 minutes

Quench in air or plate quench.

A Cryo treatment in liquid nitrogen (or dry ice) before tempering will reduce retained austenite and increase hardness

Temper between 350°F - 400°F twice for 2 hours each time. Cool to room temperature in between tempers.

Austenitizing at 2010 F followed by a Cryo treatment and tempering at 400F should result in a hardness of 60-61 HRC