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Advantage of 1095 over 1084 steel

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by Jackson, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. Jackson

    Jackson New Member

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    I've heard that 1095 takes a differential heat treatment better than 1084 and 1084 is a better steel for a beginner to start with but what advantage does 1095 have over 1084 ? A little more carbon and maybe a little harder blade in the end. Please school me if you would.
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I too would like to know the key differences.
     
  3. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    I think that's exactly the difference. 1084 is more forgiving in the heat-treat than 1095, so it's easier to get a good blade. 1095 has that little bit of extra carbon (and I think some vanadium) which (potentially) gives it better edge holding and hardness. I think it's a case of either will make a good knife for the average maker, but someone who really knows their heat treating can see a big difference choosing 1095.
     
  4. Brad

    Brad Active Member

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    The biggest difference I have seen is a 1095 blade will show a hamon easier. I have used both but I prefer 1084 unless I want a hamon. Rick Marchand likes to use 1084 for its toughness that says a lot there.
     
  5. BigUglyMan

    BigUglyMan Active Member

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    I like how hard you can get 1095. I haven't used it a lot but the knives I've done in 1095 cut really nicely.
     

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