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It appears that the shells were for Propaganda. The shells are of Chinese Origin. "Wu says unlike regular shells, which are designed to shatter into killing fragments, propaganda shells are ideal for making knives because they are made of high-grade steel, designed to split neatly open and demoralise the opponent."https://www.lonelyplanet.com/taiwan/kincheng/shopping/maestro-wu-bombshell-steel-knives/a/poi-sho/1358783/1327844
I was scratching my head wondering why it would be demoralizing for a shell to split open but, perhaps obviously, the idea is that when they open, they spread a batch of leaflets. It also seems that they don't so much "split" as blow open via a small fused secondary charge. Hmm, doesn't help with the type of steel does it.http://www.psywarrior.com/PropArtilleryShell.html
Old truck and car springs are good. They are made of 5160 spring steel.Some Smith's study and made knives from them and do a very good job. But, that is the trick. It's not that any one high carbon steel is the best. Its about being the student of one kind of steel, and mastering that kind.. that is what makes a great smith.. I studied in Japan for 2 years, studied metallurgy for one year.and I have failed a thousand times. And I've stuck with 01 tool steel and ball bearing steel. I like them both. But, again, I have mastered them. 01 tool steel is brilliant, once you know what you are doing.. (I'll stop rabbling now..)If you get some old truck springs, they are great to make knives out of..just saying..V...
I think the old Ruana knives were made from leaf springs. They're sought after more than the new ones by the son who is still making knives.
Knife makers seem to peak at a point In there lives. Then fade away, its hard to hand down the legacy ...V..
Interesting, any thoughts on why that might be the case? It seems to suggest subtle judgement or skill is lost at some point ... ?
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