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How does one forge a fencing foil? Answered

How could I forge a foil for fencing? What kind of steel would be good for a flexible blade that wouldn't be at risk of snapping and stabbing my fencing buddies? What should I keep in mind for tempering and whatnot to help with that?

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jtobako

Best Answer 9 years ago

How long have you been bladesmithing? How long is your heat treating furnace? Which steels do you have experience with? Making a fencing foil is similar to making a calculator from scratch with transistors and resistors...fun to try but not something to bet your friends life on : ) That said, start with a good quality steel like 4140 and throw away every piece that you overheat-30 or 40 pieces (about $300) later, you can start figuring out how to evenly heat and quench a meter long string of spaghetti without any curve in it (should only take about 20 trys, and 4 re-builds of the furnace and quench tank). Then temper it. Then the finish polish. Then the d@mn thing bends because it was tempered or hardened wrong...

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leighton_co

8 years ago

jtobako is right, the process is very time and money consuming. just buy one. is cheaper.

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KentsOkay

9 years ago

The home forge is incapable of producing a suitable blade. I would recommend trying to buy one second hand, from ebay, an instructor, anything but make your own.