"Now, just heat it and stick it in the water. But don´t anneal the back. Oh, by the way, this one is older than you are..."-"Do you know what steel it is?" - "It´s chisel steel. When I was still working, the smith just used to stick it in water."- "Boy, I must know a bit more, and I can´t guarantee.."-"...just heat it to 1.200 degrees then quench it! I come fetching it in an hour."1.200 degrees Celsius, mind you.;-) Did not do anything like that, but heated it to non-magnetic and quenched it in lard, which came along nicely. To avoid softening the rear end, I wrapped a wet (wet through, and constantly re - soaked) piece of cloth around it. Bit tricky, but it worked.
May the AOUEIn guide you always!
That said and done;-), Volker had a job to be made, some 20 tent pegs. I was going at it like a pit bull, all enthusiasm and stuff... it was only halfway into forging tips and scrolling away that I learned how much he wanted to have as pay... I was near a hysterical fit: 2,00€ apiece. For a tent peg with scrollwork.:-/ never trust your employer. Would not mind if I was not earning my own money with the jobs he acquires. But I do not want to sound greedy. It´s just that at the end of the month having something to eat waiting in the fridge,wait, the cupboard, for I can´t afford a fridge, after 12 hours of forging would be quite relaxing for a change...;-) But it was fun to make anyway, and I hope he gets the prices right someday. I made fun out of him for that, and he promised to "go into negotiations" with the customer again. We´ll see how it will go;-).