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I've been experimenting with clay paste/hamon stuff, and long story short I've managed to make up my own paste that actually works (I tested hardness with a Mohs hardness tester). Anyway, I was wondering what solution I should use for etching, and where I can get it. I've got a year or so before I can drive, and not-too-willing parents-to-drive. Plus a very limited wallet. Help?
So, the steel I currently use is 5160. I'm a bit lazy, (strange for a smith, huh?) and I was wondering if water could be used to quench 5160 spring steel without cracking it. Is it too much of a risk to use water? Also, would a thin blade as opposed to a thick one crack under thermal stress easier with water?