O1 is a carbon steel which is annealed when purchased.

Blanks of O1 steel (O stands for oil quenched), is annealed and can be purchased in various sizes from metal dealers. This project uses 3/16" thick steel, that is 1" wide and purchased in 3' lengths. Annealed steel is a soft metal and eventually it will be hardened in a kiln and tempered to make a fine quality skinning knife.

John Jamieson
Chris Meeko, Danny Kavik

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