Chopping up steel items?

Is it possible to somehow deconstruct steel clothing? I tried using scissors, a katana, soldering iron, and deconstructing with no luck.

You could try chucking it into one of the trash compactors found behind some hardware stores. Also, did you check for [D]isassemble option? I took apart my second anvil that way.

Try a recycler.

at hardware shops

They turn metal into metal you can craft with (scrap metal, chunks, lumps and sheets).