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Thin Stock

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by ToddR, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Does anybody know of a source for steel (I like 01) as thin as 1/32" or 3/64" ? I've been working on some carving knives and the thinner the better.
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Metal Supermarkets carry O1 in 1/16". I've not seen any tool steel or specialty steel less than 1/16".
     
  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I have seen thinner but you need to purchase a 40,000 pound roll direct from the mill.
     
  4. Tom Stegner

    Tom Stegner New Member

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    Good new steel is a problem to get, metal supermarkets has been where I go but a local source of good steel is almost impossible unless you know someone.
     
  5. John Noon

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  6. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Thanks guys. I have found a few places that sell 1/16. I have made carving knives out of this but they require a bit more muscle than i'm comfortable with. You get nervous pushing, essentially, a scalpel through wood and putting that much force behind it. Believe me, I have learned the old addage that a dull knife (or a thick one in this case) is more dangerous - the hard way.
     
  7. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    LOL!! For a knife that has a maximum length of 2", this would be enough to make new knives for all the wood carvers on the planet... that ever existed... : )
     
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    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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  9. Tom Stegner

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  10. Griff

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    Fastenal make it so difficult to purchase online. After dancing you around through registration, they then ask you for an account number, and you can’t get an account number unless you set one up at your local branch!

    SMH, you’d think they’d just say that at the freaking beginning lol.

    Anyway, thanks John, I’m very interested in that 3/16 x 3” x 36” D2 they carry, and definitely A2. Aaron Gough has been using A2 for years now and did some pretty comprehensive destruction testing on it, and Barkriver swears by it too. I also like how it’s an air-cure steel *thumb up*
     
  11. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I think they are more of a B2B place. I tried to setup an account and place an order online too. There was never any confirmation that my account was setup or that my order was accepted. Nothing was charged to my card. A few days later, I walked into the local looking for the same shoulder bolts and the guy asked me if I had an account, then looked at me like I was from outer space. Sorry, I got them from McMaster-Carr instead.
     
  12. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    you have to go into the Fastenal to finish or start an account from what I was able to figure out.

    A2 steel rocks, been using a knife for chopping branches, cutting boxes up and whatever for two years now. Some day I may sharpen it if it ever gets dull enough, local guy has used one I made for two years and has 7 deer and assorted camping tasks under the belt. He asked for sharpening recommendations just after Christmas.
     
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    tmr New Member

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    todd.......google floor scraper blades 8".........they are .036 thick and will make excellent carving knives......already heat treated.....just grind them cold......the site i seen they were $38 for a pack of 50.....they are great for small thin knives....they remind me of d2
     
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  14. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Great tip. Gonna so that now.
     
  15. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    In a pinch if you need real thin especially for cutting leather take a old rotary cutter blade and re-shape for use in an x-acto handle.
    When sharpened it glides through 8 oz leather with ease
     
  16. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Hey TMR. This is a great tip and i've been searching for these for a bit now. My problem is that I'm not finding any in Canada. Would you have a source recommendation for floor scraper blades of this thickness available at a Canadian site? There seems to be a couple of companies selling this site of blades, "better tools" and "persona". I keep getting that they're unavailable on amazon Canada.

    I will keep looking but i figured i'd check to see if you had anything bookmarked.

    Thanks again for the great tip. I've since found some carving forums that indicate floor scrapers are the way to go so you're definitely onto something : )
     
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    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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  19. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Doh!
     
  20. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    :D:D I was thinking that but never intended to write it:roflmao oh well
     
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