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Question about hardning

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Hi Minion

Many blacksmiths prefer to use oil as it quenches a little lower than water, you should probably get a second opinion as I learnt this from 2 books and a smith.

Hope this helps.


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Depends on the steel. Since you don't know what you have, start with oil because it's less severe. If that doesn't seem to produce acceptable hardness, you can move to something faster like water. If you do it the other way around, i.e., start with water or brine, you may find out the hard way that water was too severe for your steel.

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