1080 HIGH CARBON STEEL
As with all blades, the quality is not so much in the steel itself, but in the smithing and tempering of the steel.
It is the smith who makes great steel into legendary blades.
Each EPIC HANDMADE KNIFE is a hand crafted blade, forged with skill and attention. These are truly ONE of a kind.
Our 1080 HIGH CARBON STEEL blades were first hardened up to 63HRC, then tempered down to 60HRC to give them an even, solid tempering.
The hardening process is done in an automatic and controlled environment with the help of a vacuum oven for heating and nitrogen gas for quenching. The result is a high quality, reliable blade.
All the best knives are of course full tang, and EPIC HANDMADE KNIVES are no exception! A thick, full tang, sharp blade this thick will cut through almost anything and thus is great to have at your side. They are comfortable and balanced in the hand.
High carbon steels are more durable than stainless steel.
Some of our 1080 HIGH CARBON STEEL blades have a waterproof coating, making them rust-resistant, and giving the metal a beautiful dark tone. This coating will wear off with excessive use, but can be reapplied.
High-carbon steels are extremely strong but more brittle than medium-carbon steels. This composition allows better responses to heat treatment and longer service life than medium-carbon steels. 1080 High Carbon Steel is unalloyed Steel with 0.80% Carbon.
Steel that has more than 0.3 percent carbon is harder and less formable and machinable than low-carbon steel. 1080 also is forgeable and is a good choice for knives of all sizes offering a good balance of toughness and edge-holding.
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