80CRV2 High Carbon Steel
80CRV2 High Carbon Steel, also known as 5160 on steroids.
Although mistaken to be the new kid on the block, 80CrV2 has actually been around for ages under the common nickname “Swedish saw steel.”
A high carbon chrome-vanadium, 80CrV2 is a tough as nails workhorse steel.
It provides the essential qualities of a 1080-series steel, with all the perks of a high chrome steel like 5160.
We’ve brought it on board for its ability to be readily forged and ground alike, and like 5160, only need a very simple heat treat similar to 5160 that will meet all the expectations of seasoned pros and be more forgiving to makers just beginning.
Heat treatment specs below.
R360.00 – R1'350.00
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HEAT TREATMENT OF 80CRV2
829°C, Hold for 10 minutes and then cool in still air to black and magnetic.
Grain Refinement Cycle:
785°C, Hold for 10 minutes and then cool in still air to black and magnetic.
760°C, Hold for 30 minutes and then slow cool in furnace, ash or vermiculite.
830°C, Hold for 10 minutes
Quench in PQ11 Fast oil
We have obtained the best results hardening the 5,6mm thick steel at 830°C for 15 minutes soak time and quenching in pre-heated PQ11 – FAST Quench Oil. (also available for purchase on this website)
It’s for these reasons that many makers whose careers were built on 5160 have joined us and made 80CrV2 their go-to steel for everything they make.
If you have a task you think would fit 5160, give 80CrV2 a try–it’s an excellent chrome-based high carbon steel with some additional perks in grain refinement that will leave you grinning every time.
From kitchen knives to tomahawks and swords, to pocket knives and hunters on down to little craft carving blades, 80CrV2 is a champ in the making, no matter the project.