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  1. Thank you all! I'm amazed at how quickly everybody jumped to help me! Pics won't be necessary, but this has been really informative! If I have any more questions about metallurgy, I know where to come. Everybody continue having fun and when I've got the tale written up, I'll give you all a link to it. Thanks.
  2. Hi, I'm a writer of short stories. Right now I have a problem. In my current project, a private investigator is looking into a fire that has destroyed a bunch of valuables in an office building. One of them was a 17th century Japanese sword. I need to know this: What kind of steel did 17th century Japanese bladesmiths typically use and at what temperature does it just up and melt? If it did melt and was then cooled to a solidified state after the fire died down, what would it look like (would elements of the alloy separate from other elements, for example)? Also: Is there a common modern steel alloy that melts down at a lower temperature than the 17th century Japanese type? I don't know a thing about metallurgy, so I kind of feel stupid asking these things. If anybody can answer this, I'd really appreciate it.
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