Sources for Datasheets
The first place to look for a steel datasheet from the steel manufacturer. Places to look include Crucible, Carpenter, Bohler, Uddeholm, Bestar, Zapp, or sij. The ASM Heat Treater’s Guide is also available as an app on Android and iOS though the charts and micrographs are missing. Datasheets will sometimes be missing pieces of information, such as recommended forging or normalizing temperatures. I would recommend looking at several datasheets to see if more information is available from one manufacturer or another.
Forging, Normalizing, and Annealing
These steps are only required for bladesmiths that are forging their blades. Steel comes forged and annealed from the manufacturer so if the blade is being produced for stock removal the steel is ready for drilling, grinding, and heat treating.
This one was way beyond my knowledge set, but it is Larrin Thomas PhD. Who knows such things.
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