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Hanging onto the essence of my favorite old boots. Answered

Okay, I've spark-tested the toes from my old boots;strong white spray, fair amount of secondary sparking...so I'm guessing a mid-range carbon steel. I'm looking to weld up blade stock with them but without a specific composition, I'm at a loss for what would be the best steel to shim into it. Tried looking up the  call-codes stamped into the toes...got nothing so guessing they're just stock-control numbers.  Does anyone have any more information on alloys used in steel toes?


Forgive me if I've got this wrong (I am very tired), you accidentally burned a hole in your "steelies" and you want to fix 'em? No, What is it that you're asking?


They've already given up the ghost in a most unfortunate but spectacular fashion (complete blowout on the left hand side). I'm just trying to catch a little of it in a bottle, so to speak, by billeting the toe-steels and forging a small blade from them.

Sorry, I get it now.

I should think they're cheap low-carbon steel.
They'll be pressed to shape and I can't see hardness being an advantage.



7 years ago

From what I can gather, after quite a bit of searching and asking. I think that as long as the toes pass the applicable government test/standard, there is no specific "approved" or "standard" formulation, and it is a "trade secret" not publicized or released by the various manufacturers. You'll have to appeal to the metallurgists and/or chemists that frequent this site, and I'd recommend rephrasing your question and re-posting it so as to be more appealing to them, i.e. "How can I determine the composition of an unknown steel alloy?"