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I know about W1, W2 and W3 but all are corrosive prone. Are there any stainless steels that are water hardenable? I appreciate any help
I came across some pretty cool info (I love getting new books) and wanted to share some of the highlights with you all. I did a search and couldn't find a single thread with a ton of quenchant specs so I figured it would be cool to start one where we could all just accumulate our various data. I'm thinking cooling rates, flash points, speed comparisons for different manufacturers, etc. Here is the cool stuff I wanted to start with. (I take no responsibility for the units here, they can in C and I wasn't going to re-create them just to get F.) As you can see, it looks like with water, your temperature is hugely important, but with oil, not so much. Choosing the right oil has a much larger effect than the oil temperature. Personally I'm hoping someone with a cooling curves for canola oil and engine oil (because it is asked about a lot due to the ease of access) can add them here too.
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?