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David Weaver
..the one exception I'd say there is files. The chisels I"ve made so far would stack up well against anything I've used, but they wouldn't be good open market chisels as I'm sure someone would pry something with them and bend the tangs -but straight in on the cut they are plenty stiff and strong.

The reason I say files are an exception (vs. leaf springs, or used sickles or whatever else) is that files break if they are subjected to anything significant at all, and generally they aren't with their use - they're just a high quality billet of plain steel and if they aren't any good, their teeth show it right away, so not much can be gotten away with.

But aside from that, I did read a couple of blog entries on blacksmithing forums where folks were leaning toward "hey, if you are new to this and you want to make a knife with 1084 or 1095 or whatever it is - get new stock, it's cheap and you won't be wondering if the knife you cracked in the quench cracked because it was defective or because of something you did".

To this point, I've never cracked or seriously warped anything in quench, though.

The files make delightful knives and chisels (if fully annealed and then rehardened). I tried a few marginal chisels to make knives a year or two ago and heated them hot and hammered them - they didn't get any better. That was a good lesson that didn't take much time - don't start with crap and assume you can coax it into having good properties.

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what chisel shape would you choose.. *PIC*
Leaf spring knife
Construction chisels and 0.5% carbon
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5160 vs. 1095
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practical vs. the big knife crowd
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My favorites are flat, plain Jane Marples
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