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Re: A great and helpful summary...

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I picked up the "Forging" book as a LeeValley Classic Reprint (mildly addicted, they generally have better print and binding quality than a lot of the other reprints) although it doesn't appear to be available there anymore unfortunately. That's a place I like to watch for interesting books though :)

I agree that the simpler historical alloys are pretty interesting as an amateur, and I think a lot of the time they actually work as well or better for many practical applications as you aren't fighting the steel as much. That isn't to say I don't like some exotics (the Thompson lathe tools in CPM10V are, for instance, pretty sweet), but its application specific what's the better material.

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