New Jersey Steel Baron & Niagara Specialty Metals in Show and Tell Posted May 28, 2010 · Edited May 29, 2010 by Matt Gregory Hey gang, Some of you may remember a thread or two I did a few months ago touring Niagara Specialty Metals... well, during that visit Bob Shabala, NSM President -and my tour guide- mentioned that his firm had some of the coveted and rare L6 that many smiths crave. Some being about 40,000 pounds of it! Assuming that I'd at least throw the idea out there and maybe I could get enough folks interested in going in on a batch, I posted the steel's chemistry on a few forms with a note that I knew where we could get it. Next thing I know, there's a strange new van rolling into town: Sho' nuff, good ol' Uncle Aldo was wheelin' and dealin'! He met with Tim, Bob & Jeff at NSM to work out some of the arrangements: The deal was made, and the New Jersey Steel Baron pondered his most recent conquest upon a dais fit for a man of such high caliber... 20 tons of L6!!! Here the Steel Baron holds court with Bob: While Jeff, Bob & Aldo worked out the details of their new business proposition, Tim was kind enough to give me a second tour. I asked if I could see the yard where all the billets were kept again, and he smiled and said "There's been a few billets that have come from the mills recently that you'll want to see." Remember, gang - these billets are around 1,700 pounds a piece! Crucible CPM-10V anyone? ...or would you prefer Crucible CPM-S30V? How about Crucible CPM-M4? Nothing beats Crucible CPM-3V for a hard user: King of the tool steels, D2: I stopped taking pictures of billets around this time, as no one really needs to see any more, but NSM has piles of this stuff, including every single one of the D-series steels, the A-series steels, CPM-15v, 9v, 154CM, CPM-154CM, CPM-D2, 440C... and lots of other stuff like every kind of titanium you can think of. They even had enormous billets of pure molybdenum for a special job!