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52100 heat treating trouble

Jaro Petrina

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It definitely got overheated at some point!  For 52100 I use four or five normalizing cycles and no soak at all after forging.  For quenching I may let it soak for one minute once it's at heat, but usually not.  

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Others may not agree but I like to cool to black and check the blade with a magnet to be sure that phase change has occurred  before returning the steel to the forge.. The magnet should stick to the steel.



HELP...I'm a twenty year old trapped in the body of an old man!!!

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What temperature did you quench this at?

52100 has been my steel of choice last few years 

Gary LT

"I Never Met A Knife I Didn't Like", (Will Rogers)

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