San Mai bar stock w/ Hitachi Blue Paper Steel core + 16 layer Outer .21x1.45x15
Japanese Laminated San Mai blade steel
Construction: Core layer is Hitachi Blue Paper No 2 high carbon steel
16 layer low carbon steel outer layers(8 layers per side).
Blue Paper steel core extends only to middle of bar and spine will be soft.
This construction produces a blade with the supreme cutting ability of Blue Paper Steel and ultimate toughness from low carbon outer layers and spine.
Size: 15 inches long x 1.45 inches tall x .215 inches thick
Price is for 1 bar of steel.
Working: can be ground as is or forged.
Heat Treat: instructions will be provided with each bar. It is a simple HT process. Oil quench.
This is some of the finest Japanese blade steel similar to sword steel and makes great kitchen knives, hunting knives etc.
White paper steel(see other listings) is extremely fine grain takes a razor edge and makes great kitchen knives. The bars with Blue Paper Steel cores are tougher and better suited for more hard use applications.
**Listing is for San Mai steel bar and not a finished blade blank**