Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! I am an aspiring blade smith, particularly swords, and I especially like the idea of san-mai. However I was wondering If any of you other guys have any input. What if I was to use a 1095 core, with a 1075 shell/spine. Also, this is for a project that I am contemplating on, specifically for the purpose of making a signature sword. I want it strong, fast, hard, and reasonably light weight (approx 2 lbs), about 33 inches long. Any ideas for steel combination?