These high carbon steel blades are made of C1095 spring steel from an American steel mill. They are heat treated to Rc54-56, making them hold a good edge and perform well, while leaving them easy to sharpen.
American Custom Hunters & Skinners – Shoshone, Wapiti, Platte, Wind River & Bitter Root (5431-010-*** through 5431-050-***)
Formerly made in Solingen, these are now made in the U.S.A. of high carbon 1075 spring steel, which is excellent for use in cutting tools and springs. Typical Rockwell hardness is 57 to 59.
1075 High Carbon Steel composition:
Carbon – 0.7 – 0.8%
Manganese – 0.4 – 0.7%
Phosphorus – 0.04 % (max)
Sulphur – 0.05 % (max)
Knives from Solingen, the “City of Blades”
Among the companies manufacturing knife blades for Crazy Crow, those in Solingen, Germany are the most “storied”. Knife Blades, Edged Weapons and other Cutlery have been made in this city since 1363, with the industry flourishing thanks to the nearby streams and rivers that powered the mills. Though the energy comes from other sources today, the craft is still alive and the high quality of Solingen blades is recognized the world over.
Solingen Stainless Steel (5432-***-***)
These blades are produced from 440A stainless steel with a highly polished finish and typically have a Rockwell hardness of 58.
Solingen Carbon Steel (5431-***-***)
These blades are from several different drop forgers and many are old stock from manufacturers who are no longer in business. Therefore, we only know that they are produced from high carbon steel with typical German quality controls. They normally test between Rockwell 57 and 58.
Damascus & Hand Forged Carbon Steel from India & Pakistan (4926-009-***, 5435, 5450)
These blades are typically produced in small shops or by individual craftsmen as “cottage crafts”. Therefore it is almost impossible to determine the exact type of steel used. This may vary from batch to batch as well, and the hardness may vary as well. We do our best to maintain the highest quality possible and many of these blades are very good as well as being very competitively priced.
Our primary Indian supplier of hand-forged tomahawks uses a bit of EN 45, High Carbon Spring Steel welded into mild steel for the rest of the blade and the eye. This provides a tough, durable hawk with a hard bit for maintaining a sharp edge. Our carbon steel knife blades are also made of EN 45, which can be hardened and tempered.