so the many moons ago the kind and generious Bear sent me some metal to pound on. The metal in question was part of a coil spring it looked like. on blade A i pounded it out and forged to shape. when heat treating time came i tried a mixture of olive oil and new motor oil. when i did the file test it bit in and seemed too soft to hold a edge. this was after the entire heat treating cycle. so i cleaned it off and started over this time using water to quench. after then next heat treating cycle i noticed that there was 2 cracks in the blade from the quench. i put a handle on it and its sitting on my desk. not fit for use. blade B i forged to a flat then used grinders and the like to get it to a nice blade shape. same sequence used the oil quinch, this time heated the oil . and this time checked hardness before the heat cycle. too soft. so tried the oil 4 more times each with the same results. no dice. i had thought it possible that in my prev attempt i had left stresses in the blade and nicks that would be good places for cracks to start. this time everything was rounded and smooth. when i quenched in water again i got a crack along the area where the water was. so what do you do when water is too fast ( causes cracks) and oil too slow, (doesnt harden) any ideas? tell me what im doing wrong o' forgers of the godz..