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15n20 steel?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Shotgun, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. Shotgun


    Feb 3, 2006
    Can someone tell me about this steel in comparison to steels I'm familiar with and just about the steel in general? Aside from corrosion resistance against the stainless, how does it compare with 1095, O1, 52100, and SAK steel?
  2. Gator97

    Gator97 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2000
    Bohler-Uddeholm lists 15N20 steel as bandsaw steel. has 2% nickel in it and as BU states it is a fine grained steel for valves, saws, etc. My guess it it'll work for large choppers, but not so sure if it can perform better than 1095, O1 or 52100 for light cutters.
  3. kurt6652


    Dec 9, 2008
    I have read somewhere that the American equivalent is L6 and it was popular with custom knife makers a few years back. I have a Svord Peasant that is made of 15N20 and it gets razor sharp easily.
  4. Gator97

    Gator97 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2000
  5. hardheart


    Sep 19, 2001
    L6 comes in a couple fairly varied compositions, the custom makers have discussed how they change their heat treat schedules when going between the Carpenter and Crucible versions (RDS & champalloy)

    15N20 is used in pattern welded damascus because it comes in thin sizes and provides good contrast.
  6. mete

    mete Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    Yes , the 15N20/1084 damascus make an excellent combination !
  7. verbw--1


    Nov 18, 2013
    I'm pretty new when it comes to this type of thing. Any one know if 15N20/1095 would make a good combo for Damascus Steel, or is 15N20/1084 a better combo?

  8. jimsblade


    Jun 15, 2014
    Not sure which is better but I know the 1095 mix is great. I have several amd the are tough and keep an edge well.
  9. Wanimator


    Mar 7, 2014
    It makes some great swords, check Artificum Solis's stuff. Artificum Solis probably has some trade secrets to making it so amazing though.
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2014

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