Adding carbon to steel
Posted 30 July 2011 - 04:42 AM
Now I presume this if from some carbon migration from the charcoal I am using in my forge, so my question is, is this the correct assumption? and if so how much carbon can I expect to be getting added to the steel roughly? my first thoughts is that it will only be in the outer layer of the steel that I'm forging so may not be to useful but I would love to get any info I can on this before I start to but some Carbon steels so I don't ruin it through incorrect treatment of it.
Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:35 AM
Did you clean off the charcoal dust before you hit it with the grinder?
To add carbon properly you generally have to do it in a sealed container. Look at the threads on "shear steel" for more information on how it's done.
Posted 30 July 2011 - 10:53 AM
"Geometry says how sharp, steel says how long." - Roman Landes, Ashokan 2009
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- George Orwell
Posted 31 July 2011 - 11:56 AM
And it's also possible that the mild steel could have had some carbon to start with.
Of course it did. That's what steel is - Iron + Carbon = steel.
If it didn't spark, it probably would not have been steel. It just didn't have enough to do anything with.
After forging, the C. may also have sort of "rearranged" itself a little so as to make more recognizable sparks.
Or it might have been darker out!
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