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Steel from admiral steel

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by OH_Spartan, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. OH_Spartan

    OH_Spartan Well-Known Member

    Has anyone bought steel from admiral steel? They sell hr1095 and cra 1095. Can anyone tell me the difference between the two? Do they come annealed or would I have to anneal them?

    Seems like they have a great selection of types of metal and sizes. Their prices are reasonable too.

  2. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Hot Rolled isn't annealed.

    Cold Rolled Annealed is.

    CRA is the way to go.
  3. OH_Spartan

    OH_Spartan Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Just placed my order.
  4. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    It's a crapshoot with them whether you get straight pieces or not, after getting a bent piece I stayed away. They are not well thought of in the knife forums and if there's another source I'd use it.
  5. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    I almost always give New Jersey Steel Baron my business.
  6. JTW Jr.

    JTW Jr. Well-Known Member

    Agree with Valkman, almost every piece of 1095 I got from Admirral had a "bow" or curve to it.

    I too would suggest New Jersey Steel Baron.
  7. messerist

    messerist Well-Known Member

    I buy 5160 from Admiral Steel and like their product.
  8. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    I bought from them too and was happy, even though I was told not too by knifemakers who had "been there done that". Finally I did get bent steel and what was I supposed to do with that? After that I only bought from sellers with a good reputation in the knifemaking world and never had another problem.
  9. JTW Jr.

    JTW Jr. Well-Known Member

    5160 is normally sold in 1/4" thickness which is why it is usually not bent , from what I have heard it is due to the way they cut or shear their 1095 that causes the bend.

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