BladesAvailablecontacteventsinformation


5160


 

 

Considered a high-carbon alloy steel used for applications where toughness and deeper hardening is desired, such as springs. As-quenched hardness of 58 to 63 HRC is considered normal.

 

 

Recommended Working Sequence For 5160

 

Forging: Heat to 2200 F (1205 C) maximum, and do not forge after forging stock has dropped below approximately 1600 F (870 C)

 

Normalizing: Heat to 1600 F (870 C) and cool in still air.

 

Annealing: For a predominately pearlitic structure, heat to 1525 F (830 C), then cool rapidly to 1300 F (705 C), then cool to 1200 F (650 C) at a rate not exceeding 20 F (11 C) per hour; or heat to 1525 F (830 C), cool rapidly to 1250 F (675 C), and hold for 6 hr. For a predominately spheroidized structure, heat to 1380 F (750 C), cool rapidly to 1300 F (705 C), then cool to 1200 F (650 C) at a rate not exceeding 10 F (6 C) per hour; or heat to 1380 F (750 C), cool rapidly to 1250 F (675 C), and hold for 10 hr.

 

Grinding or Machining

 

Hardening: Austenitize at 1525 F (830 C) and quench in oil.

 

Tempering: As-quenched hardness as high as 63 HRC. After quenching, reheat to the temperature required to provide the desired hardness.

 

Polish

 

 

 

I-T / TTT diagram for 5160:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The above information is based upon personal experience and testing along with data from ASM International, Carpenter Steel and Crucible Service Centers.

 


Contents ||Bowies ||Hunters ||Daggers ||Swords ||Specialty pieces ||Damascus Steel ||Currently Available ||Events ||Links ||Bladesmithing Information ||Articles ||Contacting

All images and text Copyrighted 2006 Kevin R. Cashen, www.cashenblades.com, all rights reserved.