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Mighty Oak by Imperial

Discussion in 'Kitchen Cutlery & Tools' started by Jerry Sadowski, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Jerry Sadowski

    Jerry Sadowski

    2
    Jul 11, 2018
    Hello,
    Does anyone know what steel was used in the Might Oak series of kitchen knives by Imperial?
    Thanks,
    Jerry S.
     
  2. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    I believe the stainless steel used by imperial was a form of 440A while the carbon steel 1055.

    What I know for sure is that all my imperial blades easily take a great edge.
     
  3. Jerry Sadowski

    Jerry Sadowski

    2
    Jul 11, 2018
    Thanks for your quick reply.
    Jerry S.
     
  4. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Btw I was speaking about imperial knives in general.
    I only have two imperial kitchen knives and the steel seems the same as what they used in their folders.

    Imperial was a company of low cost " got it where it matters most " knives, their knives were not fancy but the blades are thin and slicy and they did a good job treating the steels they used.
     
  5. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    Was Imperial part of Schrade? IIRC, Schrade used to use 1084 and I still have some that was bought from their bankruptcy sale by Aldo.
     
  6. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Imperial was owned by Schrade ( the companies became Imperial schrade in 1977 or so ).
    The knives really had no crossover though, so while Im pretty sure Schrade used 1095 Imperial definately didn't.
    My carbon steel Imperials are way easier to sharpen than any of my old timers
     
  7. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    I still have like 30 sticks of 1 x 1/4 1084 that supposedly came from Schrade. It gets very black when you etch it.
     
  8. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    I've always been told Schrade used 1095.
     
  9. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    And I was told what Aldo got post bankruptcy/liquidation. They may have used both. Remember that any Schrade knife made after 2004 is not a Schrade. It's a Taylor/Battenfield-Smith and Wesson Holdings and it's made in China.
     
  10. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Of course ( unless it's a left over blade assembled by someone who bought a bunch of them )
     

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