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Which one are you and what are your favorite steels to use?

I'm a pounder I prefer the overall controll I get under the hammer as well as the relaxation I get from taking my frustrations out on the steel after my day job.
I like using O-1 5160 & 10xx steels.

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I'm a grinder and I like to use ATS34 a lot
I also like D2 very much.

Todd
I'm getting into both... yet to make a blade tho.... but Ive made my forage, anvil, and plyers so I'm ready to hammer.... and i have tools to grind with... I'm in the designing phase right now...
pounder its the way it has been done for years i like damascus s30v d2 a2 and my favorite 154cm
Being new I have only been taught to grid and it seems to work. I am sure I will venture outta my safe zone with time. As for steel I'll take whatever I can get my hands on however I agree with Manville on D2 and 154CM.
I'm a pounder too. I like "old style" (comes with age I guess!). I prefer to forge in my
coal forge but I've got a small forge made out of 6" sched 40 (heavy wall) pipe that
I made also. Getting ready to make a large propane fired forge out of 12" sched 40
pipe to see if I can forge some damascus. I use scrap yard steel and have had great
luck with it (leaf springs,coil springs,railroad spikes,large lumber mill saw blades)
I'm 80% "Pounder" and 20% "Grinder". I think to an extent, even we "Pounders" are grinders. I make a lot of Mosaic Damascus, but my favorite "straight" steels are 52100 and 1084. Because of the economic times, I'm getting ready to offer a line of Stock Removal blades of 13C26 steel.

There's nothing I enjoy more than forging steel, and if I could just make a living forging I would.....but I do have to admit that I also enjoy turning that "mangled" piece of steel into a finished knife.
I really enjoy the pounding. Of course any knifemaker has to do some
stock removal no matter what.
A pounder all the way but I like to diversify by grinding as well. Keeps me sharp (pun intended).
Just love pounding away at a piece of hot metal. 5160, 52100 and old Nicholson files - Plain 1% Carbon steel - great stuff!
I can do both but I prefer forging. I forge 5160, 1084, 15n20, L6, 52100 and 01 steels. I think that it is more cost efficient and I like to pound the steel to shape.
I am a grinder as well.
Pounder/grinder; There is nothing quite like taking a piece of steel heating it red hot and shaping it into a blade.

52100, 5160, 01

I like Ed's comment, "There's nothing I enjoy more than forging steel, and if I could just make a living forging I would".

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