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  1. Hi all, I'm a relatively green blacksmith/knifemaker with a bit of query that I hope you can help me with. I recently started using proper coal (anthracite) in my forge having before used charcoal and the increase in heat took me by surprise. Under a fast blow the coal managed to melt the 01 steel bar I was hoping to forge out into a blade in half! Now I'm not overly familiar with the rules of decarburization but from what I've gathered if the heat oxidises over critical temperature the carbon "leaks" from the metal. Now I went ahead and forged out a blade from the remaining stock but my question is this: Being that the steel has been melted (and then obviously heated and beaten several times to forge to shape) upon heat treat am I just going to be left holding a sharpened piece of mild steel? It sounds like a foolish question even in my head but I have to know whether going through the HT process is worth it or if I should just chalk it up to lesson learned. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers RaptureRaptor