How are carbon steels classified as either low, medium, or high carbon steels?

1 Answer
Jan 22, 2017

Carbon steels are alloys, where carbon occurs as the interstitial alloy.


The percentage by mass of carbon occurs between 0.1 and 2.0%. Why the different percentages? Well, you get alloys with different properties. If you have ever used a stainless knife versus a carbon steel knife, you find that the carbon steel knife is much easier to sharpen.