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Ok so I got two sets of leaf springs from my ladies dad and I have recently used a bit to make this knife. my question is since this is a bigger knife and a small propane torch just isn't gonna cut it how long do I leave it in the oven. I know this is a dumb question but the knives i've been making have been a lot smaller so didn't need an oven. I have a picture on here and the blade is 11 and a half by 2 and a quarter wide. thanks for the 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?