Date Wednesday, 22 June 2022, at 6:09 p.m.
I have a question about hand forging versus commercial forging and furnace heat treatment:
1st….You decisively beat the commercial hardness/toughness tradeoff for 26c3. ‘Decisively’, because Larrin conducted the tests and just sent you the results. By ‘beat’, I mean your forgings had higher toughness and hardness than the posted commercial expectation.
2nd….How did that happen? Same steel stock from westalpine. Same testing by independent source.
3rd….My interpretation is that your hand forging/heat treatment was better than by-the-book commercial. Not sure if you used multiple heats on those test forgings, like some of the Japanese smiths do. Any case, was it not the hand work that produced the superior result? And if so, is that not an example of hand skill being able to beat the cookbook?