online source for tool steel?

I live off in the boonies and occasionally have a need for tool steel.
For example at the moment I'm getting ready to make a 1" sawblade from
a bolt because that's what I can get my grubby mitts on... I know
it'll be soft but it'll probably hold up until I can get some proper
steel. There has to be a place somewhere on the web where a guy can
order tool steel in small quantities, right? tia.
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Best prices I've found on drill rod and ground flat stock is:
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For other tool steels, as well as for non-ferrous stuff, I've been happy with Online Metals:
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MSC is the old standby:
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Cheers,
Jim
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Jim Wilson
For W1, O1, and A2 you can't beat McMaster Carr. Fair pricing and it will be on your door step tommorrow morning.
Karl
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Karl Townsend
I have been very happy with McMaster Carr, easy to buy steel on the web, they will sell short pieces (usually 1, 3 or 6 feet) of various alloys, much cheaper than local suppliers. The shipping may be almost as much as the steel, but still cheaper than buying locally.
Can't get a catalog out of them, unfortunately.
Richard
Karl Townsend wrote:
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Richard Ferguson
These guys
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have a link to Online Metals. I've bought stuff from both companies with good results.
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Jim K
Did you actually compare the prices to ToolAndDie.com? I usually find McMaster-Carr to be in the same price range as MSC.
Example: 3/4" W-1 drill rod x 3' qty 1 McMaster-Carr $10.02 MSC $9.38 ToolAndDie $8.24
Example: 1/4" x 2" x 3' O-1 ground flat stock qty 1 McMaster-Carr $32.89 MSC $34.10 ToolAndDie $26.13
There's an even wider disparity in quantity pricing.
True, both McMaster and MSC both have very low lead times (best I've seen), but I tend to order early enough that ToolAndDie's slightly longer lead time doesn't matter.
Also, McMaster generally has a wider selection of sizes and grades available, and I order from them often because of that.
I usually get W-1 drill rod on sale from Enco. They sometimes have incredibly low prices on it.
Jim
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Jim Wilson
Thanks all for your links/names/etc.
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random
Try using an old vehicle leaf or coil spring. I've made lots of tools with it.
Ted
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Ted Edwards

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