Hardest target 9260 or 1095?

by Angel Pellot
(Jeffersonville, IN )

QUESTION: I'm wondering what steel is better for hard targets if 9260 spring steel alloy or 1095 high carbon steel.

ANSWER: Hi Angel,

I would definitely want to use 9260 on harder targets. 1095 is very hard (high carbon content of .95%) and can tend towards the brittle side.

Of course, much depends on how it is heat treated, but speaking very generally, hard targets plus hard steel = something has to give, and it is usually the 3' long sharp object!!

No steel is indestructible, so always err on the side of caution.

Stay safe and have fun.

Kindest Regards,

- Paul

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best over all
by: Remmy

Hi. Over-all, which sword would u think is better for mostly kata and some cutting, mostly mats? I'm torn between a 30" blade made from 9260 spring steel, or a 28.3" made of 1095 carbon steel? I'm 6'3", by the way.

Go with the 30" 9260
by: Anonymous

I would go with the 9260 30" blade. Spring steel is amazing from what I've heard.

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