Silver steel is a steel with a high carbon content. This allows it
to be hardened and tempered to make tools for cutting metals, wood,
It contains no silver and, as far as I know, it has no use in
jewellery other than as a tool for cutting other metals. Like all
nnon=stainless steel, it rusts.
Its primary advantage over the more conventional tool steels is that
it is easily worked (can be sawn and filed) in its annealed state,
and is easily hardened and tempered with just a torch. This makes it
very useful for making special shaped cutting tools for lathes and
The ease with which it can be hardened and tempered is also a great
disadvantage, because it is easy to anneal it unintentionally by
allowing it to get overheated whilst cutting other metal.
High carbon steels were widely used before the advent of HSS (High
Regards, Gary Wooding