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Steel from admiral steel

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

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  1. OH_Spartan

    OH_Spartan Member

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    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.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Sam Cade

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    Hot Rolled isn't annealed.


    Cold Rolled Annealed is.


    CRA is the way to go.
     
  3. OH_Spartan

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    Thanks. Just placed my order.
     
  4. Valkman

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    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

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    I almost always give New Jersey Steel Baron my business.
     
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    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

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

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    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.
     
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    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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