Steel is available in several flavours, while we’re all mostly familiar with stainless steel, there are actually more than 100 types of steel alloy available. Steel can be used in an incredible amount of industrial applications, varying in hardness, toughness and flexibility depending on the levels of additional compounds mixed into the alloy. These variations mean one type of steel is ideal for shock absorbers, while another is better suited to cutlery. Every steel contains at least some carbon, the amount present varies depending on what the steel is to be used for.
1060 Steel Properties
1060 carbon steel is a commonly available general purpose steel which is frequently used in a range of engineering applications where extreme toughness and strength are not major concerns. It’s designated as medium carbon content, containing 0.60% carbon. It’ll frequently be used in automotive parts such as axles, shafts, pistons, gears and clutches. Owing to its availability, adequate toughness and reasonable mailability, the steel is often used in the production of swords. Other steels in the 10xx range may contain more or less carbon, generally speaking, the lower the final two numbers, the less carbon is present and the softer the resulting steel will be. 1060 carbon steel offers a reasonable balance between hardness, mailability and affordability.
1060 Steel for Swords
1060 steel swords can take a decent edge which will additionally be resistant to wear and tear, meaning less time required for sharpening. However, as with all carbon steels, it may rust if not cared for correctly. All of our swords are delivered with a think coating of oil which stops the oxidization of the steel. This coating must be maintained to avoid rusting. If rust spots do appear they can be easily removed with a bit of patience and some very fine sandpaper.
1060 steel is less brittle than other steels with a higher carbon content and it presents an excellent balance between toughness and flexibility. The steel can be sharpened with very little effort and it will remain sharp through continued use. However, as with all swords, they must be handled correctly and professionally, taking due care to use proper techniques. A mishandled blade can snap or cause serious physical harm.
In order to create an even harder cutting edge, 1060 steel can be differentiated hardened, which creates a tough cutting edge and a flexible spine. This process must be professionally performed so as to avoid weakening the structural integrity of the blade.
CARING FOR 1060 STEEL
To ensure your sword lasts a lifetime of use, it’s important to perform regular maintenance, this will prevent rust spots from forming and ensure the blade remains functionally sharp. After every use, wipe the blade clean to ensure all fingerprints are removed, as well as other contaminants. Take the time to lightly oil the blade every fortnight with mineral oil or oil specifically designed for swords. If you intend to store the sword for any length of time, then coating the blade with vaseline or Renaissance is a great choice. These substances create a barrier which prevents the oxygen from reacting with the iron content of the blade. Additionally, a coating of oil provides a nice shiny finish for the sword.