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I have very little understanding of metallurgy, so bear with me as i try to explain my question . I'm wondering whether by laminating a lower carbon steel around the spine and sides of a higher carbon piece of steel in such a way that only the part that will be the cutting edge has exposed high carbon steel. Are you able to heat treat the blade as a whole and have the core and edge reach a nice hardness while the lower carbon wrap reaches a spring hardness for increased flex and durability? Sorry about the terribly worded question, happy to try explaining it with drawings if it's incomprehensible. Any advice is greatly appreciated!! Cheers
John Kruse-Kanyuck posted a topic in Beginners PlaceI found this on Wiki while researching more things... I don't know if it's been posted before, I couldn't find it after looking through many pages... I thought I'd share it to help people looking for steels. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_blade_materials I also had a question on one of the steels listed... Has anyone had any work experience with 440C or 420 HC stainless? If so; Does sit forge well under a reducing atmo? Does it through or case harden? What is the edge retention like? Thanks for any time taken to help answer what may be very silly questions.