W2 Tool Steel for Knife Blades
AISI W2 Tool Steel
W2 is a water-hardening tool steel that is popular with forgers. It is not a commonly used steel with stock removal makers as it is not always sold in flat ground stock, but is sometimes used for swords as well as knives. W2 takes on a very beautiful hamon when it is clay tempered bringing out some beautiful patterns.
Performance-wise, W2 is an excellent steel, having a very big range of components in the alloy such as Vanadium and Tungsten as well as a healthy smount of carbon. It takes a very fine edge and holds it very well. Some makers using W2 including Don Hanson III of Sunfish Forge and sword makers Walter Sorrell and Howard Clark.