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Blade Type Information: 1055 Carbon Steel

Carbon steel is one of the most common choices for the weapon market. It is less susceptible to corrosion, so it lasts longer, and is also easy to sharpen. As carbon steel is harder than stainless steel, it is able to have a more acute edge without the risk of bending during contact with hard materials.

1055 Carbon Steel is commonly used for edged weapons, like swords, machetes, tomahawks, and knives. It is heat-tempered in order to reduce the possibility of breakage. There are only two components to Carbon Steel: Carbon (content being between .50% to .60%) and Manganese (content between .60% to .90%). Depending on the exact carbon content, 1055 Carbon steel has a quenched hardness of HRC 60-64, due to the use of lean alloy and the high carbon content. When quenched, 1055 carbon steel produces a nearly saturated lathe martensite that does not contain the brittleness common of other high carbon metals.

1055 Carbon Steel that has been drop forged means the carbon steel has been forged using a process in which a hammer is raised and then "dropped" in order to deform the steel into the shape of the die. This can be done with an open die, where the die does not enclose the metal being shaped, or with a closed die, where the metal is enclosed, leading to different shapes of completed materials.

Manufacturers who want a long lasting and durable blade often choose drop forged 1055 carbon steel, the result being blades of almost unmatched toughness for axes, hatchets, tomahawks, and other steel weaponry.

Handle Material Information: Steel Handle

Sometimes we like things that are great for work and then there are other times when we like things to look nice for play or for our private collection. No matter what your reason is for the types if handles you like steel ones can fall into both of those categories.

Axes

Steel handles on axes are great because they are strong, reliable and durable. However when you are using an axe to cut down a tree or anything else it is best that the steel handle has some sort of slip free grip. This will not only make it safer it will also make it easier and more comfortable to hold both when swinging it and upon impact.

Tomahawks

Most of the time when people think of tomahawks they picture a wooden handle with the blade kind of strapped on. While they are still made in that fashion you can also get them with steel handles. Most of these are purchased for blade collections. Tomahawks are used for throwing more than anything else and as such they should have some sort of handle with a better grip in order to be both functional and safe. You don't want to be reaching back to throw it and have it slip out of your hand and scalp yourself!

Knives

Many knives have steel handles. This is one of the most popular types of handles for knives in fact. They are nicer looking and although they do show scratches they are tough and reliable.

Information on steel handles and anything else related to the three types of tools discussed above can be found at Tomahawk Database. You will find everything in an order that is easy to both understand and navigate. Tomahawk Database is a great source of information for any blade enthusiast.

Rockwell Hardness: HRC 51-53

The BudK RS23 has a Rockwell Hardness of HRC 51-53

Stanley P. Rockwell inevnted the Rockwell Hardness Test in 1919 while working as a metallurgist in ball bearing plant. Rockwell wanted to measure the uniformity and hardness of inner and outer rings on which the ball bearings rolled. He designed a device that could measure hardness accurately and quickly.

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standardized a set of scales for testing Rockwell hardness values. Each scale has been designated a letter and corresponds to a different group of materials. Scale C is used for steel, titanium, deep case hardened steel, hard cast irons and other materials harder than scale B 100.

Knife blades and other steel hardened tools are made from metals that match to the Rockwell C scale. Most blade makers display the hardness number as "HRC xx" or "HRC xx - xx" providing a range, where "xx" indicates a Rockwell hardness number. Not many blades measure over HRC 70. Most functional blades rate somewhere between HRC 56 and HRC 63.

Generally, blades with a lower HRC number don't hold and edge for long under demanding use, but they are easier to sharpen. Blades with a higher HRC value stay sharp for longer, but are more difficult to sharpen. As an example, stainless steel has a HRC higher than carbon steel, but it is also more difficult to sharpen than carbon steel.

Company Information: BudK

Founded in 1988, the BudK Worldwide Company is a corporation located on ten acres of land in the neighborhood of Moultrie, Georgia, that specializes in bladed and tactical and collectible tools: knives, axes, swords, and tomahawks and more, both for display, recreations, and real-word use.

The original founder and current Chief Executive Officer is Clint H. Kadel. Kadel was nineteen years old when he sold his first knife out of a relative's garage in Georgia. The continued growth of BudK comes from a direct result of his constant expansion of the tactical products available from the company.

BudK presents a wide variety of knives, swords, martial arts, hunting and shooting, stun guns, b;low guns, and survival gear, including tactical tomahawks. Compared to a camp or hand axe, a tactical tomahawk provides more versatility as a tool and weapon, being lighter and more aggressively designed, as well as often being used for throwing.

Every BudK product is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Any item ordered from BudK can be returned within 60 days of purchase for a refund or exchange.

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