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S/s Forge Weld?

Discussion in 'Working the Steel' started by Tom Stegner, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. Tom Stegner

    Tom Stegner New Member

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    Can stainless steel be forge welded to itself the same as carbon steel? I have 1/16 x 12 x 4 s/s and I was wondering, if I wanted thicker material, can I forge weld them together the same as carbon?
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I will say yes, although I have never tried personally. San Mai is often carbon steel clad with stainless. Various sellers are offering all stainless Damascus, so it can be done. Techniques used is another matter. From what I understand, the temperature and oxidization prevention become more finicky with stainless steel.
     
  3. FORGE

    FORGE Maker of the Year Best Knife

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    Welding stainless San Mai requires all the pieces be flat (typically surface ground) cleaned in acetone stacked together squeezed together in a vice and welded all around the perimeter before being placed in the forge.
    If there is any oxidation on the surfaces the pieces WILL NOT weld together.
    I imagine you could do the same with stainless but it would be a lot of work for very little gain.
     
  4. Tom Stegner

    Tom Stegner New Member

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    ok, thx .
     
  5. Tom Stegner

    Tom Stegner New Member

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    sounds like to much welding....thx.
     

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