Getting started making knives can be a bit daunting. Learning new terms, tools, and techniques can be be confusing. Even choosing the steel to use for your knives can leave you scratching your head. If you're starting out with forging and want to recycle old junk into new knives, the choice is a little easier. You start with some of the standard items like leaf springs, old files or hammers, railroad spikes. They're all good candidates for making knives from. But if you want to purchase steel, especially for stock removal, the choices can be confounding. Low carbon steel, high carbon steel, tool steel, stainless, alloys, hot-rolled, cold-rolled, damascus, damasteel; it's a maze of numbers and codes.