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5160 in Europe ?

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I live in southern Europe. I can't find any suppliers here that bring 5160 or its equivalents. I have read that 5160 is a forgiving steel, and I want to start making stock removal swords, which means I will need big barstock. Of course I have to learn the steel with smaller blades and many experiments. It would be great help if someone knew where to get it. Thanks in advance.

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80CrV2 can be heat treated to give similar (better) results than 5160 and I believe it's quite popular in Europe. 

Another alternative would be 55si7 but it's trickier to forge and ht than 5160 or V2. Amazingly tough steel though, or so I've heard.

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