silversteel -- hardening/tempering

was wondering if someone could give me the walk-through
on hardening and tempering silversteel. quenched and tempered
in water? oil? some other solution? what temperatures am
i heating to?
tempil-sticks are about all
i have to keep track of temperatures.
what kind of distortion can i expect on small diameters (~5mm)?
i dont have a surface/cylinderical grinder.. or a toolpost grinder..
i'd like to be able to use the silver steel as-turned and as-tempered.
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tony
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was wondering if someone could give me the walk-through on hardening and tempering silversteel. quenched and tempered in water? oil? some other solution? what temperatures am i heating to?tempil-sticks are about all i have to keep track of temperatures. what kind of distortion can i expect on small diameters (~5mm)? i dont have a surface/cylinderical grinder.. or a toolpost grinder.. i'd like to be able to use the silver steel as-turned and as-tempered.
Sometime since you posted this but . . . . I used to think it was easy, heat to red and plunge into clean water then temper until pale straw. However, if you read Tubal Cain's book you get a rather different perspective of the "simple" operation. Do you have his "The Model Engineer's Handbook" ? If not, buy a copy or beg the loan of it and turn up page 7.10. There's no more definitve text IMHO on how to do it.
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Dick Scratcher

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