Howdy. I'm going to be making an awl and chisel for my multi-tool, and I need some steel advice. Both tools will be less than 1.75 inches/50 mm long with a maximum width of < 1/2 inch/13mm.
Would I be completely off the mark if I used HSS Tool steel for these applications? I'm sure it would be fine for the chisel, but I'm less confident for the torsion loads on the awl. I can get a "HSS Steel Square Flat Bar Strip High Speed Steel 2 3 4 5mm x 200mm Lathe Tools" from eBay for super cheap, but I don't know what I don't know. If a kryptonite alloy steel from McMaster would be better, I'm willing to pay more.
If it changes your answer, I'll have to anneal these to drill the pivot hole and the new heat treatment will be done under less than ideal (Torch, oil, oven for tempering) conditions.