Well, I know some people go around spouting that the OFR is rockwell hardened to 60c.. If you ask me, that's way too damn hard, coming from a sword(kendo, iaido) perspective.. 57-58 is about as hard as i'd go, for general wear and tear purposes.. 60 is too brittle cutting through bamboo, wouldn't want it pressed with tension against a trem post, but I'm no metalurgist..
Also, I highly doubt these are hand hammered steel, the labor involved, even for such a small piece, would be too great.. Probably milled hardened steel, like most knives are now-a-days.. I would assume any steel item to be made this way, unless I knew, or talked to, the smith personally.. It only takes one piece to be put on by hand, for them to call it "hand-made' recently.. The Spanish are the worst for this, their decorator pieces sell for too much, considering they're milled stainless steel with acid-etching, but I'm straying off topic here.. (Too many times have I seen people hurt themselves thinking their Marto/Art Gladius sword can be used to cut things like a real sword, the blade *will* shatter from the stainless steel's chromium content).. For reference, IMO the ultimate blade would be hand hammered and folded carbon steel, with a water tempered edge of 58c, and a spine of *45c.. Japanese blade stlye, all the way..
Too bad I can't afford a Muramasa or Masamune blade.. :biggrin:
I have switched all my Edge bars to the Fender OFR type.. I prefer the shorter, more curved bar, it sits lower, and the adjustment is cool.. I mostly just tighen it down with cloth wrapped pliers and leave it, I don't like it moving unless I make it move..
The way to get it to work on an Edge, is use the 'through the neck' screws from a locking nut.. These are the same thread, and just long enough to fit..
The Floyds are still made in Germany, by Schaller I'd expect.. Fender bought the name when Kramer went under, at least that's what I've heard..
The Floyd Pro I used to have (now gone to a friend) had a "Made in Germany" stamp on the underside of the baseplate, exact same stamp I've seen on Schaller floyds..