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BLADETRICKS KNIFE MAKING MATERIALS:
Bladetricks steels:O1 tool steel: O1 is a general-purpose high carbon medium alloyed cold work tool steel typically used in applications where alloy steels cannot provide sufficient hardness, strength, and wear resistance. It is the original oil-hardening (the O stands for oil quenching), “non-shrinking” tool steel that can be hardened to the Rockwell C 65 range.
O1 has been around for decades and has become an industry standard. IOHO it's THE reference of tool steels. O1 might not be as fancy as other modern alloys, but it's a real workhorse, tough as hell and very reliable with the proper heat treatment.
4340 alloy steel: 4340 is a nickel-chromium-molybdenum alloy steel known for its toughness and its ability to attain high strengths in the heat-treated condition. It also has very good fatigue resistance. This richly alloyed heavy-duty steel alloy possesses much deeper hardenability than the 4100 series (4140, 4130...), with increased ductility and toughness and its high fatigue strength makes it ideal for all highly stressed parts in the most severe conditions. It may be used in both elevated and low temperature environments and has good wear resistance.
Bladetricks handle materialsMicarta: Described as “the Steel of the Plastic Industry”, micarta is a laminated plastic created by the impregnation of layers of a substrate (paper, linen, canvas) with a resin and then formed utilizing heat and pressure. The notable properties of these laminates include impressive resistance to shock, heat, stress, and corrosive chemicals.
Bladetricks only uses canvas micarta as it is the toughest of the three. It has good mechanical and impact strength with a continuous operating temperature of 250º F / 121º C and is recommended for high-strength parts. We only work with industrial grade canvas micarta for our handles (knives, karambits, axes, tomahawks and other tactical tools) as it guarantees the most consistent results and the best performance.
The combination of toughness, resistance to elements and look make canvas micarta the best option for Bladetricks handcrafted tactical and outdoor knives handles. Its characteristic exposed cotton fibers at the surface makes it particularly warm, comfortable and grippy, specially when wet.