I'm thinking about making several pitch-fork type things using coil spring steel for the fork stock, which I will forge. I've used "Weld Mold 880" rod (some grade of stainless, can't remember 312?) which is expensive. I've heard 4140 is fine to weld with regular rod or wire, but since spring steel varies (5160, etc) I'm wondering if that would be advisiable to try with unknown spring steel. The welds won't have alot of demand on them though, as a no-impact hand tool. Oh, I'm welding the spring steel to mild steel tube.
Thanks for your thoughts.