1060 Carbon Steel is a type of steel alloy that contains approximately 0.60% carbon by weight. It is often used in knives, swords, and other bladed weapons due to its ability to hold a sharp edge and its durability. 1060 Carbon Steel is a popular choice among blacksmiths and knife makers because of its ease of use and affordability compared to other high-end steels. It is also known for its toughness and resistance to wear and tear, making it suitable for heavy-duty applications.

Chemical Composition


Grade comparison

AISI 1060 Steel Equivalent Material

GB699AISIDINJISNF A35-501BS 4360ISO630/1052
  CK60 XC60 C60E4

Mechanical Properties

Tensile strength, ultimate620 MPa89900 psi
Tensile strength, yield485 MPa70300 psi
Modulus of elasticity190-210 GPa29700-30458 ksi
Bulk modulus (typical for steel)140 GPa20300 ksi
Shear modulus (typical for steel)80 GPa11600 ksi
Poissons ratio0.27-0.300.27-0.30
Elongation at break (in 50 mm)10%10%
Reduction of area45%45%
Hardness, Brinell183183
Hardness, Knoop (converted from Brinell hardness)204204
Hardness, Rockwell B (converted from Brinell hardness)8989
Hardness, Vickers (converted from Brinell hardness)192192


1. It has high strength, high hardness and high elasticity, poor plasticity during cold deformation, poor machinability, poor welding and hardenability, water quenching tends to produce cracks, large parts are mostly normalized; only small parts can be quenched .

2. No. 60 steel is used to manufacture shafts, spring rings, axles, various washers, cams, steel ropes, etc., which are stressed and work under friction conditions, requiring high strength, wear resistance and certain elasticity.

3. This standard applies to high-quality carbon structural steel bars with a diameter or thickness not greater than 250mm. After negotiation between the supplier and the buyer, high-quality carbon structural steel bars with a diameter or thickness greater than 250mm can also be provided.

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