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Question about working with S-7

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Hello all, I was fortunate enough to come into possession of a few 10" pieces of S-7 steel.  I would like to make a drift, but would need to upset the round stock in the middle.  From what I've read, you should air cool S-7 and avoid working the hammering end.  I have a gas forge and can't fully isolate the middle section from getting heated.  Can I still cool the ends with water before I upset?  Would that make the end product too brittle?

Thanks for any/all advice.

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