A little help please


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Which one of the CPM high carbon tool steels will produce the best Hamon. I have been using W-2 and 1075 (like 1075 the best) but I can't find any in 5/32" thickness so I guess I'm going to find something else. I appreciate all opinions. Thanks,

You won't get a hamon on any high alloy steel. The hamon is an effect from shallow hardening. The main thing to look for is low alloy and low Manganese. If you want a hamon and want to use 5/32" stock, I suggest Aldo's 1095.


"The Montana Bladesmith"
Ditto to what Darrin said. Just another example of the "give-n-take" we constantly deal with as knifemakers. :)