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Hardness Testers 4 months 1 week ago #17095

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On a sword forum I haunt, there is some very interesting debate going on concerning hardness testing.
The original poster used something like this:
www.amazon.com/Flexbar-Hardness-Testing-...12F2NDMRMDR72YBKJYPR

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the real test a Rockwell test that leaves a dimple on the steel in question? or is there something else out there?

Food for debate...
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Hardness Testers 4 months 1 week ago #17096

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FredHermann wrote:
Now correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the real test a Rockwell test that leaves a dimple on the steel in question? or is there something else out there?

Yup, you're right. www.google.nl/search?q=rockwell+hardness...me&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8

I have no idea, though, how the Amazon product would work. I'm interested...
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Hardness Testers 4 months 1 week ago #17097

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Wouldn't the amazon product just be a scratch test? Harder things scratch softer things and the testers could / would have hardness determined by the standard test dimple method.
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Hardness Testers 4 months 1 week ago #17098

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Yes, its just a scratch test, and these claim to be accurate to +- 2 points, but they also only claim to test within a 5 point range, so you'd have a file for 40-45, 45-50, 50-55 etc.
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Hardness Testers 4 months 1 week ago #17103

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I'm a bit daft, but not understanding what your query is. Scratch gets one within 5 points of hardness. May or may not be of use to one considering hardness range.
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