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Bladesmithing Materials

The one-stop-shop for bladesmiths to find hard-edge tool steels, guard and pin materials, inspiration from experts, and resources for beginners.



Profesional bladesmith and knife maker Curt Haaland grinding a piece of steel

I have used Online Metals for a long time for supplying steels (mostly W1 and O1) and other metals and have always been very impressed with the quality control, consistency of the steels, website ease-of-use, and customer service.– Curt Haaland, Free Hill Blades


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W1 Tool steel Round Bar and W1 Steel knife held in hand

W1 Tool Steel

W1 (water-hardening steel) is great for outdoor knives as it forges easily, is easy to heat-treat, performs well, and finishes nicely.

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Several O1 Tool Steel Blades Cut Out of O1 Sheet

O1 Tool Steel

O1 (oil-hardening steel) is perfect for knife blades due to the excellent abrasion resistance, toughness, and machinability characteristics.

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954 Aluminum Bronze Used For Blade Guard and Pommel

954 Aluminum Bronze

Aluminum Bronze offers a soft and easy to shape material perfect for your blades guard, pins, and/or pommel.

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W1 Tool steel Round Bar and W1 Steel knife held in hand Bladcksmith forging a blade on an anvil

Bladesmithing for Beginners

Learn more about bladesmithing techniques, bladesmithing courses near you, and the tools you’ll need to get started on our next project.

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Several O1 Tool Steel Blades Cut Out of O1 Sheet Hand forged knifew with round bar in smiths hand

Best Knife Steel for Bladesmithing

Curious about the best metals we supply for knife making projects? We go into the importance of material choice and have crafted a steel chart to help make your decision.

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954 Aluminum Bronze Used For Blade Guard and Pommel Beautifully crafted knife handle

Guide to Knife Handle Materials

Knife handles include both metal and non-metal materials for construction. Learn more about the different components that go into handles.

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Get Inspired by Expert Bladesmiths

Skeletal Knife from 1" Round Bar Pt. 1

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Making A Hidden Tang Knife Handle Pt. 1

Video Length 19:57


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  • If you are bladesmithing using the stock removal method, we recommend O1 tool steel. It is strong, holds an edge, and most importantly it is easy to work with and to harden/temper. If you can't get a hold of any O1 tool steel and you can also use 440C for a stainless option as well.
  • If you are forging a blade, we recommend W1 tool steel. It is easy to find and easy to work with and handle.