More of an identification question. I just finished my grinder and just started the other day trying to figure out if I could make some knives. I decided to start on some cheap steel I had laying around. It was a piece of an old fireplace lintel that I removed last winter (it was a dangerously built fireplace). So, I made a couple of blanks from this old lintel but they turned out nicer than I figured they would. So my question is, what kind of steel are lintels made from? Can they be hardened? I suspect that anything meant to be structural like that may be mild steel and therefore, not really suitable for hardening/knife making. But, I thought I'd check first. Also, I've read that 1095 is a relatively easy steel to start on. True? Better than any other particular type? 1084 has had a few votes based on what I've read but I have no reference point yet.