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Leather work punches possible to use in blacksmithing?

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What you can possibly do is take a piece of round bar tool steel - D2 - and heat the tip to yellow - use the leather stamp to punch the pattern into the tool steel and allow to cool - then grind the tool steel edges to match the leather punch - heat treat and temper and you have a pattern punch.

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Each type of tool steel has it's own heat treating cycle - info freely available on the web and here on this site. You first harden the steel by taking it to its hardening temp and then quenching in oil and then temper once or twice (some times 3 times) for a certain amt of time at a specific heat required for that steel to soften again so it doesn't shatter or crack yet remains strong and durable.

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