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Hi, I am trying to get a hold of some good steel for making top/bottom tools and possibly axes, and have come across 27 mm 42CrMo (4140 in USA) hex bars. Would you recommend forging from hex bar as a novice smith (been at it for about half a year now), or should I wait and try to get square or round stock. I can get the Hex bar stock in question for considerably less money than online retailers (no local supplier). Also, would 27mm hex be thick enough to create top tools and/or axes? Thanks in advance for your reactions and time.
Hello all. I want to ask anyone if they know what what kind of steel would be common to find in a scrapyard, but grade enough to make a hammer. Ive been doing some minor smithing at a local shop for a few months now, and I think it’s time to make my own hammer. I’ve read articles saying 1045, 4130, 4140, are some of the better steels for hammers. 1045 seems to be a particular favorite amongst smith’s. So here is my question, when I go to the scrap yard, what should I be looking for? What are some applications of some of the metals mentioned above, and does anyone have an specific example about