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Damascus Flint Striker

Steel Simmons

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I'm not 100% sure this is the appropriate forum for this question, but regardless:

I would like to know if it is possible to forge a fully functional damascus flint striker out of 15N20 and 1084 steel. More specifically, I'm not sure if the nickel in the 15N20 will interfere with the striking process at all.

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Dear Steel,

Welcome aboard.  Read the "Read This First" section up in the blue banner.  Also, post your location (I don't know why this is a recurring issue) because it may be a variable in the relevance of someone's answers to your queries.

The only real way to answer your question is to make a billet of pattern welded steel, harden it, and then see if you can strike sparks off it with a piece of flint.  I would have said try your individual steels before making the billet but decarburization and carbon migration may set in and you can't get a definitive answer except by experimentation. 

The short answer is "maybe."

"By hammer and hand all arts do stand." 

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