1060 Steel

1060 Steel – Functional Swords Facts

1060 Carbon Steel has high carbon steel content. 1060 Katana are popular among the sword making community because when it is properly heat treated it becomes resilient. It is quite tough and can keep its edge fairly well. This is the reason why most cheap “beater” swords are made of 1060 Steel. 1060 Carbon Steel Katana has the lowest practical carbon content of 0.60%. This means it can resist taking a set. A sword or knife with the qualities of a 1060 Steel will not bend permanently because of a bad cut made by mistake or accidentally. Manganese is added to prevent this blade from rusting. It is not stainless though. These steel offers a good compromise between hardness and pliability. Other steel like 5160 and 9260 also offers the same compromise because of the carbon content.

What Makes 1060 Steel Perform Well

Steel is the heart of the blade. Steel is the sole determiner of how a knife or blade performs. Some other factors that affect the performance of a blade includes the following:
• Heat treatment
• Blade geometry
• Handle geometry
• Materials use
There are some factors that cannot be visibly seen by merely looking at it. The only thing that an owner can do is to make an educated guess. One thing can be done and that is to get a full listing of the alloy elements of the steel. A good knife can easily be sharpened. A common rule of thumb would be that the better steel will perform better. Exploit the steel by sharpening it. A good steel knife will only grow sharper and perform as always.

Properties of Performing 1060 Steel

• Resistant to wear. This means having the ability to withstand abrasion. One of the factors that will determine a blades’ wear resistance includes distribution of carbides
• Strength means its ability to take a huge amount of load without getting deform. Strength is proven as an important factor especially when a cut is made or lateral stress place on the edge
• Toughness. This is the blade’s ability to take an impact without causing damage. This includes chipping and cracking. This is when the knife maker can trade or compromise strength versus toughness. Strength increases but, toughness decreases. It is also possible to apply different heat treatment to leave the steel hard as it is supposed to
• Stain resistant. This simply means rust resistant. The blade has the ability to fight rust
• Edge holding capabilities. The capacity of the blade to hold an edge. Some people make the mistake that wear resistant is the same as the blade’s ability for edge holding. This process is actually job specific. A good example is when the blade can cut through cardboard. Some steel can take a much sharper edge
• Manufacturing process. Dirt in steel will hamper its performance. The cleaner and purer the steel is the easier it will be to process it
Understanding these properties will help buyers understand more about the right kind of steel for what they have in mind. Whether the steel is for a sword or a knife by knowing more about its properties it will easier to choose. A potential buyer can understand and make a wise decision on the best kind of steel for him. A well-informed decision can only be made when armed with sufficient knowledge about these blades.

Pros of Using 1060 Steel

• Simple steel
• Differential treatment and the resulting hamon can be done for a 1060 Carbon Steel Katana
• Capable to take 45 degree bend and still returning true. This provides practitioners an ample leeway to create a less than perfect cut
• Easy to use during play or practice
• Has 0.6% carbon hard enough to take a good edge
• Can cut through water filled bottles, double roll of tatami and occasional cutting of fresh green bamboo
• Some models are sold at $200+; these are modeled after the Japanese antique swords
• Belongs to the 10 series of steels or known as 10x
• Can be used to make machete