W2

Josh Rider

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Here’s one I did with some old round stock w2 that was supposedly from DHIII’s.
Not the beautiful banding stuff, but there’s something magic in that steel.

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A C Richards

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Don't think I ever added this knife to the thread. My try at clay-less hamon with DHIII W2.
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Does Aldo’s current W2 require normalizing?
Any of his low alloy carbon steels “should” be normalized....even if only doing stock removal. That’s just the history of his steels. Heavily annealed as received from the mill. But just realize this.....normalizing may not be enough to address the issues some are seeing.

I suggest a higher heat and shorter (if any) soak times when hardening (because of what I’ve seen).

hint....it’s not a hyper eutectoid steel. It is actually a eutectoid steel.

Just based on recent chem comp test I’ve seen, treat this steel as a shallow hardening 1080. Not a shallow hardening 1% carbon steel.
 

Willie71

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Any of his low alloy carbon steels “should” be normalized....even if only doing stock removal. That’s just the history of his steels. Heavily annealed as received from the mill. But just realize this.....normalizing may not be enough to address the issues some are seeing.

I suggest a higher heat and shorter (if any) soak times when hardening (because of what I’ve seen).

hint....it’s not a hyper eutectoid steel. It is actually a eutectoid steel.

Just based on recent chem comp test I’ve seen, treat this steel as a shallow hardening 1080. Not a shallow hardening 1% carbon steel.

What are the specs on the latest batch? Previous batches were over 0.9%c.
 
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What are the specs on the latest batch? Previous batches were over 0.9%c.
Over a year old post, so forgive me if you already know this. But just in case you don't:

Current NJSB (Aldo) W2 specs:
Carbon : ~0.93%
Manganese: ~0.29% (way lower than his 1095, extremely shallow hardening)
Vanadium: 0.20%
Silicon: ~0.29%
Chromium: ~0.09%

Just ordered some from him. I've had nothing but great results with Aldo's steel (1095). NJSB now provide certificates of chem composition for their steels.

Definitely still a hypereutectoid...
 
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This thread reminded me I never got into forging and I think I have a few sections of W2 in round (gotta be 1.5-2" diam) I got from Don years and years ago that I could part with.
 
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Turns out I have about 5 feet of 1” round stock. I must have bought it on BF at least 8-10 years ago :) Whats it worth and how do you ship it cheaply?
 

Josh Rider

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You can ship in flat rate boxes, but you need to really tape them good, cause it will come through the box.
 
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I would take as much as you would be willing to part with, im just getting a good hang of this steel so I would like to get as much as I can if possible.
Thanks
 
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