a local outfit makes mower blades i've talked with them because i make
knives. several years ago they were using 1080 for mower blades
last year they were using 5150 so anybodys guess is as good as anyone
Cool one. :)
Spark tesing for us week-end spark testers can only tell us so
much but for the most part, it's plenty. Like whether it's heat
treatable or not is a big one.
Most cold chisels are like 1080, Enderes brand are 1078.
Telling whether it's 5160 or not is tricky. On a good day I can
just barily tell the difference between 1095 and "6195" (50100-B)
but that works because the parts being tested can only be one or
Automotive leaf springs vary but "5160" is close enough for now?
Anyway, with spark testing you'll know more than you know now and
you'll know more than we could ever tell you for sure about anyone
Are you going to be doing any spark testing? :)
It's cool to make stuff out of other stuff. :)
It won't matter the quality. Having a knife you made from a mower
blade will be really cool to every guy you show it to. BTDT with
hoof rasp and file knives. I'm the same way, when I see one made by
others too. :)
Obvious as anything is the prospect of making throwing knives from
the mower blades because they wouldn't need to be re-heat treated.
What you got planned? :)
Alvin in AZ
If it cuts grass it's going to be good knife material.
You have 10 :-)
If you don't have a gas forge that can get to welding temperature then
you could effectively make 5 damascus knives with the addition of mild
steel. Or you could, with the addition of 11 mild steel blanks make a
damascus sword. If you don't have a power hammer your arm will be sore :-)
If you have a gas forge then the mower blades will be on the outside of
the billet, so you wont get as many blades, but they will contain more
high carbon steel. So if you want to make a sword with the 10 mower
blades you'd need 9 mild steel blanks.
** Note: Yeah yeah I know nickel makes a better contrast, but nickel is
A friend showed me some Anglo-Saxon scissors he acquired the other day,
and this would be a cool project :-)
Basically you can do a lot with scrap these days :-)
Polytechforum.com is a website by engineers for engineers. It is not affiliated with any of manufacturers or vendors discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.