I'm an electronic technician, so I had plenty at home I tried as you said, but still couldn't get the same results. Perhaps it's a different steel in the cable? I'll upload pics of the blade next weekend, so you can see.
Hum... perhaps. I'll try again next week. I'll make a piece mixed with iron and another one with high carbon steel and see what happens. I'll let you know as soon as I get it done. Thank you for your advice!
Whoa...holy hell that looks cool. How does it compare to a regular piece of steel in terms of toughness and hardness? It looks like there are issues with getting a consistent edge with some of those prominent seams, is that so? Also, do the seams weaken the blade, or is it more like fold-welded steel where the blade is actually strengthened by having many layers?
I am testing it, but it seems pretty similar to 1080-1095 in edge retention. It's not really an issue, but there is a little divot in the edge where there was a big groove in the cable. It's exactly like pattern welded or damascus steel. It is welded very well, so there is no strength issue, but it is purely aesthetic, there is no increased strength.