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Flexability or Elasticity is a physical property describing material that has the ability or returns to it's orginal shape after being stressed.
My opinion is only a starting point. I am not a blade smith, they would most likely be of more help to you!

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The resilience of the material is its ability to absorb energy without creating a permanent distortion.


It is what is really being measured in a bearing drop test on an anvil.

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Elastic deformation. The maximum point to which you can deform the piece before it will no longer return to shape is the elastic limit. After that you're in the plastic deformation range. (These are my rough, layman's definitions of terms that engineers and scientists define much more precisely.)

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