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Calculator - Steel Cost Per Pound

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Daniel Koster, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    I have been ordering steel like crazy lately...and am getting kinda tired of searching for the calculator....so I made this webpage to help me quickly figure out the cost of the steel per pound.

    If you are budget-minded like me....:foot:...always searching for the best price....perhaps this might come in hand...feel free to use the crap out of it. :p (I know I will)


    http://www.kosterknives.com/calculators.htm




    Just put in the price you were quoted, then the dimensions of the bar or sheet and click "Calculate Cost".

    It will tell you the total cubic inches and the price per pound.


    Right now I am getting O1 and A2 at about $8 per pound.


    Would be interesting to see what prices-per-pound everybody's getting.


    Hope it helps.

    Dan




    p.s. if this has already been done...or in a better way...feel free to let me know. I'll update mine....it's in a place I'm not likely to forget easily. :D :foot:
     
  2. DrThunder88

    DrThunder88

    957
    Apr 26, 2007
    Great idea but I'm getting "not a number" errors.
     
  3. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    can't use letters....have to use numbers. :D




    :foot:


    tell me what you're inputting.....perhaps you're putting in 2" instead of just the number 2 ?

    Dan
     
  4. DrThunder88

    DrThunder88

    957
    Apr 26, 2007
    29.66, 2, and 36. The result I'm getting for price per pound and volume is "NaN.00".

    I wish I knew more about JavaScript.
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2008
  5. Phillip Patton

    Phillip Patton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 25, 2005
    That's cool! Thanks for posting!

    FWIW, last time I got O1 directly from Crucible, it was less than two dollars per pound.
     
  6. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Phillip - :thumbup:

    DrThunder88 - are you putting in a thickness as well?


    If I put in 29.66 and leave it at 1/8", and put in 2 and 36 - I get 9 cubic inches and $11.65/lb
     
  7. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Ok...had a thought.....I made a modification to show cubic inches as well as the weight of the steel. :thumbup:
     
  8. DrThunder88

    DrThunder88

    957
    Apr 26, 2007
    Maybe it's a problem with my browser (Firefox). I tried it on IE and it's working just fine. Cool script!
     
  9. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    that was my next suggestion...make sure to be using Internet Explorer...or if you have a different browser, make sure Javascript is enabled. :thumbup:
     
  10. butcher_block

    butcher_block KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 6, 2004
    hehehebn last time i got cpm10V it was like 85$ a pound i think (i ll have to look now to see)
     
  11. Big Smitty

    Big Smitty

    509
    Aug 30, 2007
    I just bought a piece from Fastenal..... O1 1/8"X1.5"X 36" for 7.65 a pound.
     
  12. Steve Hayden

    Steve Hayden

    Mar 7, 2003
    Where are you getting A2 at $8.00/lb? I need a bunch of that.
     
  13. Daniel Koster

    Daniel Koster www.kosterknives.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2001
    Talk to Nick Allen (goes by NWA here).

    Depends on quantity...generally speaking...the bigger the piece, the lower the price per pound.


    Though I've found that when you go below 1/8" thickness, price per pound starts going back up again dramatically...:eek:


    Dan
     
  14. Rob!

    Rob!

    Feb 9, 2000
    Been a while has it? :) More like $6.50 now - in full sheets.

    Rob!
     
  15. Phillip Patton

    Phillip Patton KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 25, 2005
    What I got was 1-1/4" round, and I suspect that hasn't gone up a whole lot.
    PG flat stock is expensive....
    I know Crucible also sells decarb free flats. I wonder how much cheaper that is than pg?
     

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