My name is David Roeder. I am a Journeyman Smith knifemaker of the American Bladesmith Society. I have been forging knives since 1996 and always continue to learn and expand my methods and techniques to better my work. I use primarily 5160 for my mono steel blades, but sometimes divert and use other steels depending on their intended jobs. I also make my own Damascus. I like the standard 1095 / 1084 and 15n20 mostly when I am making my Damascus, it gives a good migration of carbon and also has good edge retention.