Does a leaf spring make a good knife blade?

Does a leaf spring make a good knife blade?

It does not matter. Coil springs or leaf springs, either will make good knife blades.

What kind of steel is used for leaf springs?

The steel that is specifically made for automotive leaf springs is AISI 5160. Spring steel is known to be resilient and pliable with a high yield strength. It has the unique ability to be formed, shaped, and post heat treated. These physical characteristics are what allow spring steel to be general use steel.

Is leaf spring good for making sword?

Blacksmith’s commonly use 5160 Carbon Spring Steel as it is much more durable and less prone to breakage than a high carbon steel (aka: 1095 to the blacksmith’s of our modern world). …

Are leaf springs hardened steel?

Springs are often made of coiled, hardened steel, although non-ferrous metals such as bronze and titanium and even plastic are used. There are various types of springs, the designs of which take advantage of different energy storage management.

Can you make a knife out of leaf spring steel?

I have fooled around with making knives before but have not made one out of spring steel before. I’m new here, but saw the post and thought I’d chime in. Blackbeard, you got yourself a sure-nuff piece of knifemaking steel! Leaf spring is usually really good steel.

What happens when you forge a leaf spring?

Used leaf springs, especially from trucks, can have small fatigue cracks in them. They don’t go away when you forge them but inconveniently grow into a major nuisence in the quench. Grind the surface down to shiney metal, try to keep the grinding marks in the long direction and leave the surface as smooth as possible.

What to do with cracked leaf spring steel?

Grind the surface down to shiney metal, try to keep the grinding marks in the long direction and leave the surface as smooth as possible. Then spray it down with a light coat of white spray paint and let it dry. Cracks will show up as little black lines. Bear in mind, some very fine, tight cracks will not show up.