Ivy (ivy_chan) wrote in little_details,

Question on the forging of knives

I have a character who's going to be making throwing knives out of car springs. I've looked up knife forging on google, The Knife Steel FAQ by Joe Talmadge, and also in American Survival Guide magazine.

From what I've found, car springs are made out of 5160, carbon-chromium steel,
and is considered as high carbon (but not as high as others?). Is there a better
steel for throwing knives that could feasibly be scavenged out of a dump? Also,
I was interested in the question of balance: which is better for a throwing
knife? Center-balanced, handle-heavy, or blade-heavy? Speed is important, if
that helps.
Tags: ~weapons (misc)

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