My main interest is work with damascus steel, laminates and stabilized wood. Talking about instrument steels I prefer kh12f1, U12, KHvg and others alike. I do not make blades for Yakuts because I prefer some other forms (Bowie, Finnish, skinners and ordinary work knives). Blades are tempered in a gas oven. I can also make blanks with a surface grinding or without it.
p.s. I do not make cold arms!