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  • #18323
    Fred Hermann
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    On a sword forum I haunt, there is some very interesting debate going on concerning hardness testing.
    The original poster used something like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Flexbar-Hardness-Testing-File-Set/dp/B001CTI7TE/ref=pd_sim_sbs_indust_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=12F2NDMRMDR72YBKJYPR

    Now correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the real test a Rockwell test that leaves a dimple on the steel in question? or is there something else out there?

    Food for debate…

    #18324
    Mark76
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    Now correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the real test a Rockwell test that leaves a dimple on the steel in question? or is there something else out there?

    Yup, you’re right. https://www.google.nl/search?q=rockwell+hardness+test&oq=rockwell+hardness+test&aqs=chrome..69i57.5989j0j1&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8

    I have no idea, though, how the Amazon product would work. I’m interested…

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    #18325
    Mikedoh
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    Wouldn’t the amazon product just be a scratch test? Harder things scratch softer things and the testers could / would have hardness determined by the standard test dimple method.

    #18326
    Fred Hermann
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    Yes, its just a scratch test, and these claim to be accurate to +- 2 points, but they also only claim to test within a 5 point range, so you’d have a file for 40-45, 45-50, 50-55 etc.

    #18331
    Mikedoh
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    I’m a bit daft, but not understanding what your query is. Scratch gets one within 5 points of hardness. May or may not be of use to one considering hardness range.

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