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Using 316L as a powdered metal for canned Damascus


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its used as a filter media in high pressure nylon extrusions.  yep...not cheap.   if I had a buyer for it...haha.  the particle size is about like common ground pepper.  oh well, next time make Damascus ill give it a shot.. 

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316L is the mild steel of stainless materials, 304 is also a mild steel stainless.  Not enough carbon to be properly hardened into a blade.  That said, it could be used in canned Damascus to produce some interesting patterns.  If something with a higher carbon content were used as the cutting edge and the 316 kept to the spine area you could end up with some great looking cutters


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On 2/21/2016 at 2:14 AM, metalmangeler said:

Since this is the knife section I guess that is the intent. I might think about using it for bolsters or guards. seems like a nice place for a pattern and would not need to be hard.

My thoughts as well... Plus, 316L is pretty corrosion resistant, making another plus for use in a bolster or guard.

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