This steel wants to be W2 when it grows up. W1 is a good steel for forging and will make a good knife. It can be clay tempered and etched to show a hamon. W1 can make a good knife, however W2 makes a great knife when you can find it.
This carbon steel is W1 with vanadium. It is a great steel. When properly heat treated fantastic hamons can be seen.
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