jmeineke Posted December 30, 2009 Share Posted December 30, 2009 I was wondering if anyone has any experience working with A2. I recently acquired a nice sized piece of it from a machine shop. From what I understand, Chris Reeve and Phil Hartsfield both use A2 and it is used in combat knives. Can it be hardened in Vermiculite? I have a good reference for the forging temps, etc., but the cooling rate has me concerned. I have no idea how fast a piece loses it's heat in Vermiculite or in a forge that's been heated and then sealed up (standard propane forge, 2" of Kaowool coated with ITC-100 and fire-bricked on the ends would be all that I am capable of right now). I probably will not attempt to do anything with this piece of steel for a while until I get some experience making knives in general (was planning on starting out on RR spikes). Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thanks Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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