L6 Bainite sword steel explanations

http://www.sword-manufacturers-guide.com//sword-steels.html

I was reading about the L6 tool steel, vs the T10, 1060 carbon, and 9160 spring steel swords.

Element Weight %
C 0.65-0.75
Mn 0.25-0.80
Si 0.50
Cr 0.60-1.20
Ni 1.25-2.00
Mo 0.50
V 0.20-0.30(a)
Cu 0.25
P 0.03
S 0.03

http://www.efunda.com/materials/alloys/tool_steels/tool.cfm

I was able to get a more specific list of the composition there, which is restricted to only a few browsers before the subscription requirement kicks in.

Molybedum, Manganese, Chrome, Silicon, seem to be the most important in sword steel construction, for hardness, edge retention, flexibility, and shape retention.

I had most of this information years ago, but it’s good to review once in awhile.

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