No, it will do bad things to it's structure.
Excessive carbon reacts bad to stainless steels.
It causes chromium carbide cracking.
You would be better off buying some 400 series SS, like 410, 420 or 430.
400 series is what most SS knives are made from.
Yes, but you wouldn't like the results ! (Try it !)
You can introduce carbon into the surface OK, but the metallurgy goes
berserk and it ends up brittle as anything and full of cracks. This is
enough of a problem that it even occurs with "accidental" case
hardening, if you have hot metal near a carbon source and short on
I'm well aware of it's work hardening, I worked for a while making
bone biopsy tools and fracture fixation devices when that stuff gets
work hardened it'll eat carbide drill bits, end mills and lathe
inserts like they were made out of lead.