View Full Version : O1/52100 for damascus?

07-22-2004, 05:51 AM
I am new to damascus and would like to try to make a small billet without buying more steel. Would O1 and 52100 give me a good contrasty combination? Thanks.


07-22-2004, 03:54 PM
Both are pretty dark when etched, it would be a subtle contrast. If you have any L6 (saw blade material) it would give you a good contrast witht the O1.

07-22-2004, 05:56 PM
01 and 52100 would not give much of a difference when etched. They are both too close in composition to etch much differently. There would be a slight difference and I don't know if it would etch better before or after heat treat. Almost any kind of band saw material would give more contrast.

07-26-2004, 08:13 PM
Not to mention 52100 is red hard and doesn't like to be if you use it be very carfull of your heat. And same as the above...not much contrast.

07-30-2004, 08:42 AM
Thanks for the info fellas. I drove up to Admiral yesterday and picked up some L6 and other goodies.


07-30-2004, 10:40 AM
I ordered som eL 6 from Admiral last week, and it isn't here yet (this is Friday). I ordered some O 1 from tool and die on Monday of this week and it arrived here yesterday (Thursday). Might keep that in mind.