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  1. I have some railroad track that I want to turn into knives. I cut an 8" length off with a cutting wheel, and now I want to reduce the bottom plate and the upright piece into strips 8" long and roughly blade width wide. The actual top part of the rail I'll draw out with a buddy's power hammer or on mine someday when I get it built. Originally I planned to anneal the 8" length of track in my forge then cut it from both ends with my port-a-band saw, but then I thought it might be quicker and easier to just cut the strips with a chisel while it's hot. The plan to anneal would be to stick it in my propane forge, heat it up then shut the forge down and close it up with firebrick to hold the heat in. Maybe use the PID controller to control the cooling rate. I don't know how well that will work. So my worry is that it might cool too fast and I end up still not being able to cut it with the band saw. But on the other hand, that's a lot of weight to be handling at forging temps if I decide to hot chisel it. I'm not really worried about handling it, but I've never split anything with a chisel yet, so I don't know how doable splitting 1/2" 1080-ish metal is. So how would y'all go about this project?
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