WHAT IS IT:  1095 STEEL

The popular 1095 steel is known as a hard wear-resistant steel that bends but does not break. Let us tell you more about what it is and why we use it.

What is 1095?

There are many different types of steels in this world, each with their own properties for different purposes. The main thing that separates steels from each other is the carbon content, ranging from 0.25% to 2.1%. There is a steel named after its carbon content, the 1095. Having a carbon content of 0.95% is key for making a tough blade. 

Why 1095?

Because of its hardness, the 1095 steel is widely used in all kinds of edged weaponry, from kitchen knives to swords. The 1095 works best when forging longer and thicker blades, which makes it ideal for swords. It is relatively easy to heat treat and will typically be hardened to 64HRC to give the sword's edge the best possible retention. 

 

Comparing the 1095 to T10, a blade made of 1095 is more forgiving on impact, while T10 at 67HRC maintains its blade a bit longer.

 

Functionality aside, a mirror polished 1095 will definitely catch everyone's attention. The blade isn't only gorgeous but also relatively easy to maintain compared to most high carbon steels. A sword made of the 1095 steel will retain its edge very nicely if properly taken care of. Like all high carbon steels, the 1095 has a tendency to rust if neglected. We promise the few extra steps are more than worth it. 

 

How do I maintain a 1095 steel blade?

To maintain your sword in pristine condition, we recommend oiling the blade after every use and/or every 2-4 weeks, depending on the humidity of the climate. Wipe the blade with a soft lint-free cloth and spread a layer of sword oil evenly along the blade before placing said blade back in its custom saya. 

 

In case there comes a need to sharpen your sword, we highly recommend seeking a professional who masters the traditional stone sharpening technique. This way even your grandkids will get to enjoy your beautiful sword too some day.

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