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What kind of "high carbon" steel are you guys using? S-1,4140 etc? Just curious-nice clean forging job-I'm a smith also. Most of the big stuff like that I've used the S series of steels (the S designating a shock resistant alloy). I use an air hammer though-then finish with a flatter on the anvil for a nice clean look. Those prices are very good for well made stuff. 64 or so on the Rockwell C scale is nice too.
When a tool is made by a good smith and heat treated properly, you end up with a much stronger tool that will put up with more abuse.
 
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