9260 spring steel vs 1095
Do you know the difference between 9260 spring steel and 1095 steel, which steel is more stronger?
9260 Spring Steel (also called Silicon Manganese Steel) consists of 2% silicon content, giving it an even more dramatic resilience against lateral bends and allowing it to spring back to true even after being bent almost to 90 degrees.
9260 has the capability to be a harder blade. The silicon alloy increases shock resistance and if tempered correctly is a superior material. The incredibly crafted blade that has both strength and flexibility. It is an excellent material for katanas. It is highly durable in most dojo applications and extremely resistant to bending and failures. The use of 0.6% carbon allows this blade to be sturdy enough for tatami omote yet forgiving enough to resist dangerous chipping on rigid targets.
1095 is sort of the "standard" carbon steel, it is categorized on the basis of 0.95% carbon. 1095 qualifies as a high-carbon hardened steel. It offers the highest carbon content, it yields the sharpest edge. Toughness, hardness and durability make 1095 steel the most-popular choice for swords.
1095 Carbon steel is very hard. Unless it is properly heat treated, this hardness can sometimes be problematic when used on harder targets where the blade would be subject to a great amount of flexing. When tempered properly, 1095 steel is great for swords as when it is clay tempered. The main advantage to swords made from 1095 carbon steel is that they can take and keep a much keener edge than swords with a lower carbon content.
But no steel is indestructible, it just depends on what you are looking for in a blade, what you like and your intended usage.