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O1 Tool Steel Sheet, Precision Ground, Standard Tolerance, Inch, ASTM A681
 
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O1 Tool Steel Sheet, Precision Ground, Standard Tolerance, Inch, ASTM A681

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Product Specifications

Item Shape
Sheet
Specification Met
ASTM A681
Material Composition
Solid
Grade
O1
Material Type
Tool Steel
System of Measurement
Inch

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Product Features

  • O1 tool steel has better machinability than A2 tool steel, and must be hardened in oil
  • Meets ASTM A681 specifications
  • Ground with high precision to the specified shape and size
  • Standard tolerance

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  • ASIN: B00CZDPAI2
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Product Description

The O1 tool steel sheet has been precision ground and polished, meets American Society for Testing and Materials International ASTM A681 specifications, and has a standard tolerance. The O1 tool steel grade has better machinability than A2 tool steel. It must be hardened in oil, which can be done at relatively low temperatures for good dimensional stability. The sheet has been ground to achieve the precise shape and size.

Steel is an iron alloy with carbon and other elements that modify the steel to achieve specific properties. In general, steels with higher carbon content have greater strength, hardness, and wear resistance, while those with lower carbon content have more formability, weldability, and toughness. Carbon steels, which include most AISI-SAE grades in the 1000 range, are classified by their level of carbon content as low (below 0.3%), medium (0.3% to 0.6%) and high (0.6% and above). Alloy steels, which include AISI-SAE grades in the 1300 and 4000 ranges and above, incorporate elements such as chromium, molybdenum, and nickel to modify properties like machinability and corrosion resistance. Tool steels, which include most grades with a letter and number grade designation, have high carbide content for wear resistance, high hardness, and the ability to hold a cutting edge. Some tool steels are designed to resist deformation when used in elevated temperatures.

Tensile strength, used to indicate a material’s overall strength, is the peak stress it can withstand before it breaks. Wear resistance indicates the ability to prevent surface damage caused by contact with other surfaces. Toughness describes the material's ability to absorb energy before breaking, while hardness (commonly measured as indentation hardness) describes its resistance to permanent surface deformation. Formability indicates how easily the material can be permanently shaped. Machinability describes how easily it can be cut, shaped, finished, or otherwise machined, while weldability characterizes the ability to be welded.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff! December 7, 2011
Number of Items:1|Verified Purchase
I've made a set of woodcarving knives and several small belt knives from o1 and I'm well pleased. It comes fully annealed and is very easy to cut, machine, and grind. I've hardened all the blades I've made in a gas-fired forge with a reducing atmosphere, experiencing very little surface decarburization and no tendency for thin sections to burn. However, I did discover that holding thin (3/32") blades flat-side-on directly in the flame of the gas burner would cause them to warp slightly. Allowing the forge to get thoroughly hot and keeping the blade out of the direct blast of the burner alleviated this problem. I test for critical temperature with a small magnet and quench in vegetable oil.

Do observe the manufacturers' warnings not to temper this steel at temperatures above 450F as the steel can become brittle at tempering temperatures between 450-600F. I've tempered all the blades I've made in the kitchen oven at a nominal temerature of 375F (an oven thermometer registers 360F), keeping them at this temperature for a minimum of 1 hour and then quenching in water. The resulting blades are quite hard and hold an edge very well.

Next up a set of wood chisels and a couple of plane irons. No point in firing up the forge just for one item!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I am using this steel for blacksmithing so the quality is important and the characteristics are important. It is high quality and it comes clearly labeled with very valuable information about what temperatures are needed to both harden and temper it. Very happy with this purchase. Great quality.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for making small woodworking knives June 27, 2010
By kwb
Number of Items:1|Verified Purchase
This is a convenient thing for making small tools (woodworking knives in my case).

Pros:
1. Thin enough you can use a propane torch to harden/anneal.

2. Ground flat on both sides means less work lapping later (though you need to lap).

3. Good quality steel.

Cons:
1. A bit pricey, a drawback when you only need small quantity.

If you have a better/cheaper supply go for it by all means, but I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff June 19, 2012
By guy
Number of Items:1
I was looking for a good steel to use for form cutting a few custom knives for my grandparents. This stuff is decently easy to cut and file with a mill file but is definitely hard enough for a pocket knives purposes. Thanks for the good product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comes as advertised, but it is a bit pricey May 28, 2012
By Taylor
Number of Items:1|Verified Purchase
It came exactly as it was advertised and it made one heck of a big knife after i was through with it. Steel can be found for cheaper on other websites, but usually in bigger pieces.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality tool stock October 25, 2013
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This 01 stock is great, especially for the price. I've used it make knives and it shapes very well. But, most importantly, heat treating this steel to a proper hardness is a breeze. And, for a knife, it really retains an edge while still being tough enough for heavy duty tasks. Great steel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 01 Tool steel October 16, 2013
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i bought this to make my first knives out of. the speed of delivery was extremely fast. the steel came wrapped in many of protection and wrapping. along with the steel there was a paper attached to the wrapping that gave detailed information on how to heat treat the metal and temper it. i would recommend this for knife makers for sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great steel January 2, 2014
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I've used this steel to make several knives now. Machining or blacksmithing this steel is as easy as it gets and heat treating almost couldn't be better. The only problem I've had was some warping during hardening on a 16 inch bowie I made. However all of my smaller pieces turned out fine so as long as you're not planning on making a claymore or greatsword I don't think you have to worry too much about warping. ;) Lastly, be careful on the size selection. I noticed that it is actually cheaper sometimes to get 2 inch wide steel rather than 1-1/2 inch. That seems a little odd so do some careful thinking about what you want and sizes of steel. If you can save money by buying 2 inch and drawing it out on the anvil, go for it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars tool steel
Exactly what it needed to be, flat and straight. Great quality and made a nice knife. Will buy from these guys again.
Published 3 months ago by Kevin G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great steel
I use this steel for making knives. It is excellent steel that will hold an edge quite well. It is easy to heat treat and temper with a benzomatic torch. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew Young Custom knives
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for small blades
Made 5 small blades for marking gauges.
Can be worked with hand tools, hardened on a kitchen stove gas burner.
Published 7 months ago by V
5.0 out of 5 stars works as intended
i made a wood slick out of it. good steel, ok price. forges good. easy to harden and temper. making a knife with the scrap
Published 8 months ago by Lance
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stock as far as I can tell...so far
I used this to make a knife...my first one and It seems to be great stock. I'm also an amature so I can't give a 100% reliable review as I have never used O1 tool steel before.
Published 8 months ago by N/A
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable
Love this steel. Great for stock removal or forging a blade. Be safe, good luck and have fun!
I have to have twenty words to appease amazon... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lance
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it.
You get what you buy. It's good stuff. I'm just writing random stuff to fill in the word limit. Yeah.
Published 10 months ago by Billy
5.0 out of 5 stars great quality
this stuff is awesome. you do need to heat treat it after shaping. plenty of info on that around the net.
Published 11 months ago by daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as expected
Product came earlier than expected. Product came just as described. this steel is kind of expensive, but I bought it because I have not searched out any other sources as of yet. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Eric S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good steel
Arrived quickly, in great condition. I used it to make a skinning knife, it came out great. the tempering info on the package was very helpful.
Published 16 months ago by Daniel J Oliva
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