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I Forge Iron

Why not? Very newbish question.

John Martin

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Tool steels tend to be difficult to forge. To get the most out of them often requires soaking at a specific heat during heat treat that is difficult in a coal/charcoal forge.

The 10XX series are easy to forge, cheap and with enough carbon (around 60 point or better) makes for an excellant knife.

at least that is my view of the world


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So a leaf spring is an example of plain carbon steel that I could use?

The leaf spring (assuming it is from a vehicle such as a truck) is probably some sort of alloy like 5160, etc. So, to answer your question, the leaf (vehicle) spring is NOT considered a "plain carbon steel".
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