Yeah, learn to spark test, danggit. :)
Don't tell me you are a "blacksmith" and don't know how to
spark test? ;)
Anyway... you know they are made from the cheapest stuff the
factory can get away with, since it's a "one time use" product.
If it were dark out (best to spark test in the dark:) I'd go
double check it for you but the way I remember it, they vary
from about 1050 to 1075.
File = 1.22% carbon (some are higher)
cold chisel and hoof rasp = ~1080 (Enderes brand = 1078:)
Schrade Old Timer knife blade = 1095
Ordinary nail = 1010 to 1020.
All you need are "known samples" ...the rest is easy. :)
A good guess after spark testing beats the heck out of a
wild-ass guess with no testing?
Alvin in AZ
Hi Alvin, long time no talk to. I did a sparkem test. Look alot like
L-6(band saw steel) more sparks that O-1, but I'm very knowledgeable
about all this high teck stuff. I is a woodworker (or that is what I
tell people). I just grind out a few knives for woodcarvers and wood
butchers like me. These chiny masonry nails seem to hold a good edge
on the small chisels that I make from them.