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David Clark





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PostPosted: Thu 11 Feb, 2010 11:01 pm    Post subject: Is EN45 steel good for a blade?         Reply with quote

I am just wondering if tempered en45 carbon steel is decent for a blade. This is not intended for blunt reenactment but to serve as an actual usable sword (i.e. sharpened and usable for cutting, etc).

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David
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Christopher H





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PostPosted: Thu 11 Feb, 2010 11:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yep, it's decent... iirc quite a few British smiths use it.
Some opinions here: http://www.britishblades.com/forums/showthrea...same-steel
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Peter Lyon
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PostPosted: Fri 12 Feb, 2010 11:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I used to use en45a a lot and it makes really good sword blades - very tough but will still hold a reasonable edge. I only changed to things like SUP6 (the Japanese equivalent grade) as I could no longer get en45a in New Zealand.
Still hammering away
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Maurizio D'Angelo




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PostPosted: Fri 12 Feb, 2010 5:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

is not a steel that provides the same results. its range is somewhat wider
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Maurizio
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