Steel Ho's

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I was digging around my shop and looking for some steel I have hoarded through out the years. I found a 36" piece of precision ground Vascowear, a 14" piece of 6-K Stellite and several feet of Uddehollm AEB-L. I am eyeing the VascoWear to use in a 1095, 15n20 billet and San Mai it with the Vascowear.

Anyone else a steel HO' and what treasures have you uncovered?
 
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I'm a bit of a steel ho. Last time I cleaned the shop I found 6' 1084, 8' 5160, 5lb O1, a forged tanto, 3 half finished billets, and my first home made steel bloom.
 
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Hmm, let's see, I took stock not too long ago: Several 6' lengths of 1/4"x1" 1084, a couple 6' lengths of 1/4"x1.25" 1084, a stick of 1/8"x1" 1084, a bunch of 1.5" wide Admiral 8670m (formerly sold as L6), a few sticks of 1/4"x1" 5160, a five foot length of 1.25" round Crucible L6, six feet of 1" round W2, five feet of 3/4" W2, various lengths of 1/2" and 3/4" round W1 stock, various thickness/lengths of precision ground O1, a bit of 1095, some 1/2" rounds of 52100 and a few odds and ends of 1/8" thick 440c. Oh and lets not forget the 65 lb.or so of 6150 (a giant truck spring) but that's getting into the scavenged steel which I wouldn't even begin to go into here. If I'd actually get in the shop and made some knives I have more steel than I know what to do with but I still want to buy more especially when someone like Aldo has nice clean new 1084 available. Ridiculous actually!
 

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I'm a steel dumb ass. I have lots of O1, D2, A2, 303, 304 - but when I moved my shop they weren't labeled, and the organizational structure was destroyed, so now I don't know what a lot of it is. Some of it is labeled with a sharpie, but much of it isn't. I was turning out some spacers out of some junk metal I had a few days ago, just to realize I was using 440C. feh...

I do have an impressive 6" diameter D2 drop left over from a job. I'm thinking I may use it as a boat anchor...

I have 36 feet of D2 cut up and laying on a desk...
 
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ah I envy you all! I have 3 feet of 5/32" O1, and that is about it. Steel has really gone up in price.
 
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I went and checked...

1,000 lb. W2
200 lb. W1
150 lb. 1095
450 lb. 1084
125 lb. 5160
50 lb. 52100
15 ft of O1 (~5/32X1.5X36 +/- bars)
5 5/8" X 36" O1 rounds
750 lb. of a funky steel that was supposed to be 52100 but isn't
~100 lb. of air hardening stuff (lots of 3V, S30V, CPM154CM, and ATS-34)
"paint can" of 1018 powder
" can of 1084 powder
" can of nickel powder
down to about 25 lb. of 15N20 (gotta fix that)


Add these up, subtract 50 lb. and you have exactly the amount of steel that I have but don't actually need ;)

I think this qualifies me as a steel whore :eek:

Edited to add... in looking at all those numbers that looks like a lot of steel... but apparently steel is like...um... dense. So all those pounds don't really take up much volume.
 
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I went and checked...

1,000 lb. W2
200 lb. W1
150 lb. 1095
450 lb. 1084
125 lb. 5160
50 lb. 52100
15 ft of O1 (~5/32X1.5X36 +/- bars)
5 5/8" X 36" O1 rounds
750 lb. of a funky steel that was supposed to be 52100 but isn't
~100 lb. of air hardening stuff (lots of 3V, S30V, CPM154CM, and ATS-34)
"paint can" of 1018 powder
" can of 1084 powder
" can of nickel powder
down to about 25 lb. of 15N20 (gotta fix that)



All that steel is ~ 3000 lbs !!
You better get off the computer and start cranking out some more blades :D



I added mine up, I've got 24"x30"x.250 154CM
24"x24"x.125 154CM
50 lbs 1/4"x1-1/2" 1080
35 lbs 1/8"x1-1/4" 1084
plus a few small sheets/bars of 410 SS

Brad
www.AndersonKnives.ca
 
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This is pretty funny, but you guys won't recognize it because we're all knifemakers. :D But if I took this conversation to my job I'd see the same exasperated dumb looks I get on my face when they're talking about sports... :D

I can answer without looking:

Various dimensions of O1, probably a couple hundred pounds
8" of 1 1/2" dia HC rebar
Two 8" lengths of John Deere pto shaft
Various pieces of damascus made by our own Reg Ellery
Various pieces of thunderforged damascus
8" X 12" X 1/4" L6

Not a lot of steel but more than I need for what I have planned! For a while at least...

What I couldn't answer without looking is handle material... Holy caramba, let's not go there! :D
 
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100 ft of 1076
300# of various cable
400 ft of structural cable
200# of variious batches of 5160
 

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about 100# of 15N20
about 100# of 1070
around 400# of 1080
about 30#of damascus from me, Chad Nichols and others
30' of 1 5/8 x 1/4 5160
60# or so of 52100
30# or so of 01
over 300# of D2 mostly 3/16 thick
50# of 1095
about 50# or so of W2
a stick of 19C27
a big pile of 50 or more Nickols files
a small pile of wrought iron
about 50# of inconel 800
over 100# of 304
mild steel has to be a couple tons.
Looking for more. LOL
 
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This is pretty funny, but you guys won't recognize it because we're all knifemakers. :D But if I took this conversation to my job I'd see the same exasperated dumb looks I get on my face when they're talking about sports... :D

I can answer without looking:

Various dimensions of O1, probably a couple hundred pounds
8" of 1 1/2" dia HC rebar
Two 8" lengths of John Deere pto shaft
Various pieces of damascus made by our own Reg Ellery
Various pieces of thunderforged damascus
8" X 12" X 1/4" L6

Not a lot of steel but more than I need for what I have planned! For a while at least...

What I couldn't answer without looking is handle material... Holy caramba, let's not go there! :D


Holy cannoli Dave! John Deere pto shafts? Does that mean you intend to start forging? Do it!:D
 
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Guy, it's not that, yet - you just know us steel ho's, can't say no! :D Fact is, I'm way to lazy to work as hard as you smiths do, and far too cheap to tool up for it. Perhaps it'd be different if there were a smith locally I could learn from but that's just not the case. If I could get you and Chuck and Reg and Raymond Richard close enough I guess me becoming a smith would be a forgone conclusion. At least I have some practice steel just in case you all want to move to Iowa to enjoy our summers and winters, and teach this stock removal hardcase how to forge those beautiful blades!
 
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don....i don't know if i would call you a steel ho....maybe a pimp though:D....ryan

But I think Aldo has me beat. I've only shipped out 20,000+ lbs, I'm sure he has that beat :D

Steel pimpin is too much work, I'd rather just make knives :p
 
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I know better than do a detailed inventory!!! :D

Not as much as some of you guys but the pile includes:

3/4" W-2 from Don
5/8" W-2 from Mace/Aldo
1/4x1" & 1 1/2" 1084 from Aldo [50lbs. more comming]
1095 from Aldo [& some from Admiral]
various sizes of 0-1 [20 more bars comming]
15n20

Scrap pile:
easily 1000lbs. of leaf & coil spring
90ft. York rake tines

Probably more stuff laying around, this is just what I know off the top of my head!:D
 
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Heh, since were doing lists I'll put my small collection. (am I a knife maker or steel collector? hehehe:p)

110lb 5160
121lb 1050
~10lb O1 (100+ coming in from aldo)
10lb 1084 (getting 100 more at ashokan)
34lb 1095
120lb 15n20 arriving for me at ashokan
~150lb in 3 leaf springs, I still gotta get them tested
160lb W2 arriving in late september
a few kilos homemade steel
some cable
some billets

I better get some more cause I'm picking up my power hammer next week. :D:D:D
 
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mmmmm... lets see i dont got most of the ordinary stuff ya'll got but i do have:

-approx. 50# H-13
-40# wrought iron (new)
-75# mine rail spikes
-2 five gallon buckets of motorcycle chain and chainsaw blades
-15# of 4140
-approx. 100# 5160
-40# various size chunks of A2
- had 30# of pure nickle (damn wish'en i didn't scrap that!!) but needed the $
- several other things, but some how it just aint enough soon as i get the $$$ i will have about 50-100# of don hansons W2


andrew
 
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