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What is silver steel?


#1

What is silver steel and its jewelry making properties. Has anyone
tried working it in jewelry making?


#2

Silver steel is a tool steel supplied in rod form. Essentially it is
the European name for what in the US we call drill rod.

Elliot Nesterman


#3
What is silver steel and its jewelry making properties. Has anyone
tried working it in jewelry making? 

Just Google for silver steel specification.

Click on Wikepedia. all you need to know is there.

Its not a metal for making jewellery.


#4

Hi Dana,

It’s just an old British term for polished high-carbon (tool steel)
rod stock. Nothing particularly noteworthy about it, but it does
make good punches & whatnot. Has no silver in it, no particular use
in jewellery beyond making tools. It will rust.

Regards,
Brian


#5

Silver steel is used to make tools such as punches. You are probably
already using it to make jewelry, just not as a material.


#6
What is silver steel and its jewelry making properties. Has anyone
tried working it in jewelry making? 

Silver steel gets it’s name from the way it looks and has nothing to
do with silver.

It is basically high carbon steel with few additives which do not
change it’s high carbon profile. What I am trying to say that for the
purposes of heat treating it worked as pure high carbon steel. It
comes in rods which have silver-like appearance and hence the name.

Leonid Surpin
Studioarete.com


#7

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,
and plastics.

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
milling machines.

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
Speed Steels).

Regards, Gary Wooding


#8

It also used to be used for making small parts for guns such as
firing pinshence ideal for punches, gravers etc. Nick royall