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Hi! I am planning to forge my first sword soon. I have never tried it before, and i have some questions about a good steel composition. We are going to make our own steel from pig iron, and i was wondering if anybody had a good recommendation for a beginner steel composition? I have read that 5160 steel is often being used. Will a 0.6% C be a good starting point, or are there any pitfalls i should worry about? And is the manganese and chrome that necessary, since its main objective is to make the steel stainless?
I'm looking to buy a 200 lbs "London Pattern" anvil. Unfortunately, it's taking quite a while trying to find one of those... do you know of any internet-accessible suppliers who carry or produce anvils? They does not have to sell exactly what I'm looking for, but it would be helpful to find other options. Price is not my main concern, but rather quality. Sites like eBay, Craiglist, and Kijiji are already being hit up on my end, but none so far have really suited my interests. Thanks so much for all your help, Cheers