Hello all. I'm doing some Ht testing with the batch of 14c28n I have. I'm trying to get an idea of what I can expect from the steel when everything is done right. It feels a little alien to me at the moment compared to the relative simplicity of a carbon steel.
So far on my test pieces I got maximum hardness possible from them, 62/63hrc with LN, and tempered back a touch to 61/62hrc. On a very thin egde pushed to destruction I am finding the edge distorts rather than chips, which I find odd. It makes me think stainless behaves in different way at a given hardness. I'm finding it a little sticky to grind too but i'm sure i'll get used to it
Apart from giving me the feeling its a touch soft even though its testing over 61hrc it takes a lovely fine edge and responds very well to the stones and strop, very much like a carbon steel, which is what I was after.
So what are your user experience with well heat treated Aeb-l, not exactly the same steel but very similar. Do you get edge folds or ripples hammering or slicing against cooked bone say, or would it chip out?
For those who may have experience in heat treating the steel following annealing i'm quenching at 1065 degrees c in oil then a dunk in LN and tempering at 175 dgerees c for an hour.
In the mean time I'll destroy some more samples and let you know what happens