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How to easily heat treat 1095 high carbon steel. The precut knife blanks which we sell are all 1095 high carbon steel. 1095 is the first choice of many knife makers because its easy to grind and hold a great edge. In the near future we will be add information on heat treating and tempering a variety of other materials including AEB-L stainless steel.
Heat treating 1095 can be fairly simple.
Normalizing: If the blade was forged and hammered into shape you should Normalize the blade prior to heat threat. To Normalize bring the blade to Non magnetic and then let it cool slowly without quenching. Usually this process is done two times.
Heat Treating: If the blade was cut from stock and bevels formed by stock removal many feel Normalizing is not even necessary. To Heat treat bring the blade to non magnetic and then quench quickly in oil. The oil can be pre heated for a more consistent result.
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