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San-Mai steel. What steel combinations are best

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by ancientsteels, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. ancientsteels

    ancientsteels

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    Apr 13, 2018
    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?
     
  2. mete

    mete Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    One of the best , for many reasons is quite popular , 1084/15N20 !
     
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  3. ancientsteels

    ancientsteels

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    Apr 13, 2018
    And which would be used as edge and which as shell/spine?
    Thanks for the input and feedback!
     
  4. mete

    mete Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 10, 2003
    1084 is the edge. One benefit which some don't know is that the HT of the two overlap a good bit so HT is easy , making both steels happy. S I think the 1084/15N20 is the best combo !
     
  5. ancientsteels

    ancientsteels

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    Apr 13, 2018
    Cool! Thanks for the feedback!
     
  6. ancientsteels

    ancientsteels

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    Apr 13, 2018
    And I am not familiar with some of the terms (forgive my ignorance). What is HT
     
  7. BladeMan

    BladeMan

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    Feb 12, 1999
    HT = heat treatment aka hardening the steel
     
  8. ancientsteels

    ancientsteels

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    Apr 13, 2018
    Thanks! I really appreciate the feedback! I hope to learn a lot. Thanks again!
     

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