Just a couple weeks ago my metallurgy instructor was asked-
"which stainless steel would be best for a sword?"
"as a wall hanger or what?"
"no, it needs to be able to handle some sword to sword hits"
I butted in and said-
"none of the above!:)"
(I'm your basic stainless steel hater)
The metallurgy instructor laughed and said-
"in that case 4360 made of lower bainite"
I butted in again and asked-
"where in the heck do you get 4360?"
"how about L6 (4370) that can be had from Admiral Steel
for cheap, would it be as strong as 4360?"
"yep, just a little harder is all"
(your chance to butt-in;)
Alvin in AZ
pps- it sez the L6 is 3/16" thick but it's really .224"