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Flat Stock - what grade/size do you use?

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by skookumrob, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. skookumrob

    skookumrob New Member

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    Are there some "standard" sizes of flat stock that some of you commonly use that I could list in the "Knife Makers" section of www.onlinesupply.ca?

    We currently have available: O-1, A-2 and Low Carbon Ground Flat Stock.
     
  2. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    I would think the most common sizes would be 1.5 and 2 inches wide, in the thicknesses of 1/8, 3/16, and 1/4. Those are the sizes i usually use, but i have never tried O1 or A2. I usually use 1084 or CPM154, but occasionally W2 and 5160
     
  3. BigUglyMan

    BigUglyMan Active Member

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    I use 1/8" for the most part but 3/16" is popular and 1/4" is nice to forge. I'm a fan of 5160, 1095 and O1 for carbon steel and 154CM or ATS34 for stainless. I recently was staying to source 1/16" and 3/32" carbon steel for ulu making and had a hell of a time finding it. I eventually did find some but had to get it from the US and got bladed on the shipping.
     
  4. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    I use 1/8" and 3/32" stock for pretty much everything I do.
     
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    Icho- Staff Member

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    I also prefer .125 and will likely be using .1875. The wider stuff would also be nice. Maby 3 to 4 inches. I feel it is less wasted material cause I can "nest" blanks together side by side. As biguglyman said stainless steel. That would be awesome.
     
  6. Ryan Ladurantaye

    Ryan Ladurantaye Active Member

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    I've been using 1/4 " 5160. In 1 1/2 and 2". If I want it thinner I just draw it out a bit. I plan on doing the same with the w-1 drill rod you have listed. I would like to see some more of the simple carbon steels start become more available here in Canada. Shipping from the states is pricey
     

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