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it depends on how you go about quenching it. Quenching makes the sword harder but more brittle, by rapidly cooling it from a very high heat, to a mere boiling point of whatever liquid used for the quenching. Oil started being used in Europe ages ago, because it simply makes for damn fines swords, but before people realized that oil could be used, people used water, and covered their blades in clay before quenching, exposing the very edge of the blade, making the sword strong but brittle along the cutting edge, and tougher but less capable of holding an edge towards the center, this method is called Differential heat treatment, and is still used in katanas and other traditional japanese blades, probably because they never figured out the whole oil thing.
Blood was used for quenching in a some European cultures around the roman era, i forget where i read it, but it was apparently fairly common for Picts and Germanics to quench their blades in the blood of various predators, in a "magical" ritual to add properties of the animal to the metal.
Quenching in blood is a terrible terrible idea, because it is a really poor medium. Oil or water is pure enough for quenching, but since blood is full of proteins, among other things, it would coagulate around the blade which would prevent proper cooling.
actually, wouldn't the coagulated blood act a bit like the clay used in water quenching? I mean, since people stopped doing it, it was obviously a bad idea, but honestly i doubt it's THAT bad.
If you mean clay coating like is done on Katanas, that is applied before the heating and flakes off during the quenching. The reason for the clay is to heat different parts of the blade differently. I don't know the specifics but this makes the edge come out harder while the spine is softer, making the blade more durable.
Quenching in blood would just have the heated blood coagulate to the blade, trapping the heat inside and ruining the temper.
oh right, derp, i even mentioned differential heat treatment, you'd think I'd realize that the coagulated blood wouldn't not coat the edges. Still, shitty tempering method or not, i know that it was used, so it obviously worked, even if it was abandoned for quenching in oil, and since we still do that now-a-days, oil seems the best choice.
I have never heard of it being used myself, seems rather impractical. Haven't found any sources attesting its use so you know.
Quenching in oil and water has slightly different effects, do research on what you need to use for your specific style of sword and the effects you want, everyone!
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