Is 5160 a good steel for a katana???
by joe dacciaio
(lindenwold new jersey)
QUESTION: I saw a katana made out of 5160 steel is that a good steel for a katana and how would it compare to 9260 in terms of toughness???
ANSWER: Hi Joe,
5160 is good steel, spring steel - used in truck springs and the like. It tends to be used more on tough European swords (Gen 2 uses it alot) but would make a good monosteel Katana...
HOWEVER (and as you can see - it is a BIG however), much depends on how it is heat treated. Part of the reason Cheness 9260 Spring Steel is so good is because of their heat treating. Much also depends on the quality of the steel to begin with. Some companies use crap steel (sometimes even recycled steel) and that is an absolute no no.
So by itself, just saying it is 5160 Spring Steel is only the beginning of evaluating the sword. Everything else depends on how and especially important WHO made it...
Hope this helps.