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Ethan Cheney

1084 or 1075 Where and why?

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Which steel should I start out with first and where would I purchase them? I don’t want to buy some cheap stuff from wherever. I also don’t want to spend a fortune on steel.  Any recommendations are welcome!

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3 hours ago, Joël Mercier said:

Get some 80CrV2 from NSJB.

Im assuming that the New Jersey Steel Baron. I did some research and it looks like they got some good steel. Im going to buy from them in the future. Thanks

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Yep, Aldo Bruno, the New Jersey Steel Baron himself, a great supporter of our community.  A quick breakdown of the steels mentioned:

1084: relatively easy to forge, dead nuts simple to heat treat.  Cannot be used for hamon.  Well, you can get a line, but not the activity of a true hamon.  My go-to steel for everything from axe edges to swords. Oil quench only.

80CrV2:  A little tougher to forge because of the chrome, even simpler to heat treat than 1084, because you have a longer window to quench.  The vanadium makes it easy to maintain good small grain size.  The only reason I haven't added it to my steel selection is that I have a lot of 1084 and 5160.  Oil quench only.

1075: easy to forge, a little pickier with heat treatment.  Aldo's 1075 is formulated with very low manganese specifically to produce vibrant hamon.  Admiral Steel's 1075 is high in manganese and will not make a good hamon.  Aldo's needs a fast quench to achieve full hardness, can be water quenched if you're brave.  Admiral's is oil quench only.

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Also consider 5160 purchased as new stock from a local automotive spring manufacturer.  This will likely be your best bet for cheapest material and a pretty good one.  

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