5160 Information & Composition
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A tough spring steel that was used extensively in the automotive industry. 5160 makes a very durable tough knife and is suitable for any knife that needs to hold an edge and be impact resistant such as swords and bowie knives.
Favored by many ABS smiths for the performance test for its edge holding and flexibility when properly heat treated. 5160 forges easily and heat treats well with an oil quench.
While it can be clay tempered and heat treated it does not show a very clear hamon due to the high amount of chrome in the steel.
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