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scrapyard steel

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by compboy, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. compboy

    compboy New Member

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    So I'm looking for a place to get steel from. I'm not adverse to paying for steel just don't want to pay full price for a car part I'm not using in my car. I'm kind of wondering what others are doing for steel.
     
  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    If you're in farm country or know some farmers, you can get access to a wealth of decent steel in cultivator shovels and discer blades, among other things.
     
  3. metal99

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    Have you checked out the cost of brand new steel? You can buy 1084 for pretty cheap and you know exactly whatnot is and how to heat treat it. You could also talk to a spring shop and buy there cutoffs but then again... They don't even know the alloy of it most of the time. I called a spring shop here in Saskatoon and they said its "spring steel" lol so I aske them where they get it from so I could fid out the alloy and that company told me the same thing!!!
     
  4. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    Personally i love almost all things that are salvaged or free, but steel is not one of them. I Find that steel is the smallest portion of the overall cost when you look at basic carbon line 1084, 5160, etc. You can buy enough steel to make two knives for less than a Starbucks coffee costs, so i always buy new steel. That way i know exactly what it is, exactly how to work it,and exactly how to heat treat it.
     
  5. shadman

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    starting out i used a lot of seeder disc blades as i found they were very similar to o1 and worked very well for me but as the others say if you buy your steel there is no mystery...although i still love hammering a blade out of scrap steel cause it is enjoyable to see
     
  6. compboy

    compboy New Member

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    Well went fro a little walk on Monday and found some steel to work with. Still working on an anvil. Getting teh parts together for a brake drum forge. Also looking about cobbling together a one brick forge just need the wire to hold it together.
     

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