J Logan Posted March 30 Share Posted March 30 I'm not new to smithing but I had an accident a few years ago that took one of my arms out of commission for about a year and now I'm ready to light my forge again and see if I can do this. The only steel I have at the moment is two rusty, pitted leaf springs and a single coil spring that I picked up after it was thrown out of a truck during a head on collision. I know these springs are not trustworthy so I have no intention on making usable knives out of them but I have been hammering blade shaped objects out of them to try and regain hammer control. I'm probably not even gong to sharpen the "blades" unless I just want to try my hand at shaping bevels, setting plunges, etc. So far the results are promising with steady improvement with each "blade" My question is, if and when I get ready to buy good steel to actually produce something useable, what steels could be recommended that would work close enough to the same as what I'm using so as to not cause problems while I'm refining what skills I'm able to retain? In other words, I want to ease into this and let what muscles I have left get used to one thing at a time before trying something else that works differently Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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