Some of the new steel stock I ordered arrived on Friday, from Canadian Knifemaker Supply! I got a 1/8" and 1/4" O1 to experiment on the knife and adze blades i need to make, and a 3/16" piece of 52100 to experiment on for a bushcraft knife. I've been reading lots online, and saw a few charts which showed O1 as being one of the next toughest steels compared to L6, although the L6 seems to be in a bit of a class of its own in terms of tough. I own some carving tools (bent blades, straight knives, adzes) in L6 (rc57) and find myself sharpening them a lot, and that it seems to have a kind of rough edge. Not sure why, but maybe so tough it doesn't lose its bur very easily. I love the flexibility, but have been thinking I could sacrifice a bit of flex and replace it with a bit of better, finer edge. I'd love to find some new L6 stock and try making some harder versions of what I have to see if they'd have better edges, I just haven't found a supply yet. Carving dry Western Red cedar means you have to have razor sharp tools, because even though it's generally speaking a soft wood, the harder (dark) grain lines are hard, and will catch a dull knife and crush the softer (light coloured) grain lines without clean cutting. I found some 1/8" 5160 steel at Alabama Damascus which I have also sent for to try out. I'd made a few adze blades from old truck or snowmobile springs, which seemed to work okay, and i've read that they are usually 5160, (or 1080?). What I've read so far is that above about 50-60% carbon and the steel gets more brittle. I had even made lots of tools from old files, adzes and bent blades; I hear that they files are probably W1, which I would have thought would be the worst steel for thinner blades, but even they seemed to work alright until they were stolen. The only new steel I've even bought was some W1, and O1 last year, to make some repousse punches, and about a quarter of the W1 tools developed a slight curve when quenched, so I'm a bit suspicious of that steel type. Most of the woodworking magazines or forums have people doing the same sort of junkyard-steel-recycling that I've done. Are there any real knifemakers out there who make carving knives? I could definetely use some advice. Especially seeing as how I want a tough, edge-holding, fine grain steel, which seem to be contradictory qualities. I'll post some pics when I get to making the blades.