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old two man logging saw what is made of?

Mar 18, 1999
my friend at work brought me half of a two man logging saw. i what to mix this with an old reaper blade that my dad gave me and make some damascus but if wont give me good cotrast i want to mix it with somte thing else. your help would be greatly appreciated.
thank Russ
it sounds like your forgeing two high cromioum steels. i would use the saw blade with a know high carbon steel such as 0-1 or 1095. also the pattern my not be that visable until the steel has been etched. there are many people here that forge on a daily basis who's opions i value, they should have some comments here. good luck!

Laurence Segal www.RHINOKNIVES.com
I've been told crosscut saws were usually simple carbon like 1050, 1060 or such the older the saw the less likely that it is L-6.

Sola Fide
Say, wouldn't etching the metals before welding them up show what type of contrast to expect? I realize the weld lines wouldn't show, but it should reveal the color of the proposed metal combo.

Sola Fide
Good luck with the project Mike. I made a sword from an old crosscut saw once. Folded it and hammer welded it. It was stringy like wrought iron and I never got a good hard edge on it. Hope yours turns out better.
Hey Russ, I usually save that steel for stock removal kitchen knives. The steel is superior in most of those old blades and the heat treat is hard to beat. That's why I like to grind blades from it and preserve the heat treat. The pitting in the blade just adds to an old antique look.

On the other hand, it couldn't hurt to do a little experimenting and see how it turns out. I would assume that the steel is high carbon and go from there. Mix it with some known L6 or O1 like was mentioned before and see what happens. I'd keep the layer numbers low at first just to save on propane and labor. Stack equal thickness layers till you have a small, square blank. You'll have to clean that saw blade down to bare metal to get the best results though.

After welding and folding a few times, grind and polish on side on the edge of your welds and one flat and then do an experimental etch to check the pattern. Who knows, you might just stumble onto something really unique! Good luck, and give Mike the raspberry from me!!
i have made many knives from old crosscut saws. you have to cut them out with a cold chisel, no heat to the steel. anyway,my grandfather called the steel, 1140 blacksmith. 1140 was once one of the first good steels that could be purchased in thin small sheets, for easy s/h. it was also used because the scrap was easy to reforge back into saws and saw blades, no waste. hope this helps.
Ken (WWJD)

thanks all when i get somthing worked up i
will post a picture and max i will deffenetly give mike the rasberry