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    Online bladesmithing, polishing, and mounting tutorialsówith URLS

    Hi all,

    In scouring the web for what I can find in the way of online bladesmithing, polishing, and mounting tutorials (mostly Japanese-style, some western), I’ve come up with some great stuff--- much of which will be familiar to “regulars” here. That said, it occurred to me that as the SFI readership gradually turns over, a running list of these tutorials, with URLS, may be of some use to newcomers.

    So, here are my contributions. Others, please add more sites to the list as you see fit…



    Introductory Material/ Background to the American-made Japanese-Style Sword

    Great article on Michael Bell, one of the first American Japanese-style smiths (scroll to p.12 of the pdf)

    https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/dsp...8/1/Tanuki.pdf

    Francis Boyd writing on Bell's and Boyd’s teacher, Mr. Nakajima Muneyoshi

    http://www.francisboyd.com/monogatari.htm


    Jumping Off Points with A LOT of Material

    Don Fogg’s Craft of Bladesmithing.

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/craftof.htm

    the late Bob Engnath’s online Manual on many many topics.

    http://www.engnath.com/public/manframe.htm


    Setting Up Shop / Building Equipment

    Jesus Hernandez on Setting Up Shop

    http://home.comcast.net/~jeshern/garage.htm

    Don Fogg on Making a Propane Forge

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/forge.htm

    Making a Base for an Anvil

    http://www.metalsmithinghowto.com/co...nvilstump.html

    A Homemade Hydraulic Press on Don Fogg’s site

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/hydralic....foggknives.com


    Steel Basics

    Kevin Cashen on Basic Metallurgy

    http://swordforum.com/metallurgy/ites.html

    SFI Primer on Typical (Modern) Katana Steels

    http://swordforum.com/sfu/japanese/modern-steels.html

    Admiral Steel (source for the above)

    http://www.admiralsteel.com/shop/

    Don Fogg on Making Orishigane with Louis Mills

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/Making%20Steel.htm


    Forge Welding for Folded Blades

    Shoji Yoshihara Photo Essay of the Folding Process

    http://www5f.biglobe.ne.jp/~sword-master/page007.html

    Ono Yoshimitsu on the same

    http://www.samuraispirit.org/Ono-Yos...utouKoutei.pdf

    Kevin Cashen on Pattern Welding

    http://www.cashenblades.com/Info/Pattern%20welding.html

    Kevin Cashen's famous "Confessions of a Bladesmith" - a long, winding highly informative SFI thread

    http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?t=13809

    Another Piece on Pattern Welding

    http://www.jordanknives.com/patternwelding.htm

    Forge Welding with Jesus Hernandez

    http://home.comcast.net/~jeshern/welding.htm

    Don Fogg on Forge Welding

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/forgeweld.htm


    Forging To Shape

    Don Fogg’s Sword Class (an excellent section on the process of forging to shape)

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/sword.htm

    SFI article on Basic Forging (a cartoon review/ summary of forging to shape)

    http://swordforum.com/forge/js-basicforging.html


    Grinding and Filing Before and After Heat Treat

    Bob Engnath on Grinding (Burr King Tips)

    http://www.engnath.com/public/grinder.htm

    Michael Tinker Pierce on Stock Removal Methods/ Grinding Techniques

    http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?t=30323


    Shaping Considerations

    Shaping the Kissaki and Understanding Fumbari at Usagiya

    http://www.ksky.ne.jp./~sumie99/kissaki.html

    Gabriel Lebec on O-Kissaki Geometry

    http://forums.swordforum.com/attachm...4&d=1113470936

    Niku and Other Shaping Considerations at Usagiya

    http://www.ksky.ne.jp./~sumie99/shaping.html

    Keith Larman on Sword Blade Niku

    http://www.bugei.com/niku.html

    Henry . A on Proper Nakago Taper

    http://forums.swordforum.com/attachm...1&d=1143833917


    Clay Application and Heat Treat

    SFI Primer on Heat Treat

    http://swordforum.com/sfu/primer/heattreatment.html

    Bob Engnath on Applying Clay and Heat Treat

    http://www.engnath.com/public/claytemp.htm

    Fogg on the Heat Treat Used in His Katana Class

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/sword_not...20the%20swords

    Joe Walters on a low cost home made Heat Treating rig for knives

    http://www.moonlitforge.com/heattreat.html

    RH Graham Offers a Few Thoughts on Water Quench

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/waterhardening.htm

    More Thoughts from Fogg on High Temp Salt Pots

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/hightemp.htm


    Post-Heat Treat Adjustments

    Blade Straightening Jig (middle of the page)

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/shop_tips.htm

    Another Jig

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/Shoptips5.htm

    Joe Walters on Adjusting Sori

    http://www.bladesignforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=352


    Polishing – Traditional and Hybrid

    Polishing Tutorial by Moses Becerra

    http://www.nihontoantiques.com/polis...0by%20step.htm

    Usagiya’s Polishing Tutorial

    http://www.ksky.ne.jp/~sumie99/togi,process.html

    Bob Engnath on “Yakiba” Polishing

    http://www.engnath.com/public/polish.htm

    Bob Engnath on a Hand-Rubbed Finish

    http://www.engnath.com/public/handrub.htm

    Antonio Cejunior on Hybrid Polishing

    http://www.arscives.com/bladesign/hybridpolish.htm

    Brian VanSpeybroeck on Polishing with Papers and Etching

    http://home.mchsi.com/~samonji/polishtutorial.html

    http://home.mchsi.com/~samonji/etchingtutorial.html

    Don Myra’s Gaijin Todai

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/SandingBlock.htm


    Bohi

    Don Fogg on (at least) One Way to Carve Bohi

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/fullers.htm

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/cleaning_up_the_fuller.htm


    Habaki

    Habaki "Anatomy"

    http://www.scnf.org/habaki.html#Cutting

    Habaki Construction with Jesus Hernandez

    http://home.comcast.net/~jeshern/habakimaking.htm

    Brian VanSpeybroeck on Multi-layered Habaki Construction

    http://home.mchsi.com/~samonji/habakitutorial1.html

    Patrick Hastings’ Posts and Diagrams Discussing the Finer Points of Habaki

    http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?t=1692
    http://forums.swordforum.com/showthr...threadid=66259
    http://forums.swordforum.com/attachm...6&d=1017478017
    http://forums.swordforum.com/attachm...7&d=1017478217


    Shirasaya

    John Tirado on Shirasaya

    http://sayashi.com/project%20pages/shirasaya.htm


    Mounting A-Z

    Erickur Nelson’s Mounting Tutorial

    http://www.macabeeknives.com/article...hara_Eriku.pdf

    John Tirado on Tsuka Construction

    http://www.sayashi.com/articles/tsuka.htm

    Brian VanSpeybroeck on Tsuka Construction

    http://home.mchsi.com/~samonji/tsuka.html

    David McDonald on Tsukamaki

    http://www.montanairon.com/tsukamaki.html#top

    Thomas Buck on Tsukamaki

    http://pages.prodigy.net/tlbuck/tsuka/tsuka.htm

    A Tsukamaki Stand

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/wrapping.htm#Wrapping

    David McDonald's Stand

    http://www.montanairon.com/Stand%202.jpg

    John Tirado on Saya Construction

    http://sayashi.com/articles/saya.htm

    Brian VanSpeybroeck on Saya Construction

    http://home.mchsi.com/~samonji/saya.html

    Thomas Buck on Saya Lacquering

    http://pages.prodigy.net/tlbuck/lac.htm

    Tying Sageo, at Usagiya

    http://www.ksky.ne.jp./~sumie99/sageotying.html

    Tying the Cord on a Sword Bag, also Usagiya

    http://www.ksky.ne.jp./~sumie99/tyingcord.html


    Classes

    Michael Bell's classes

    http://www.dragonflyforge.com/courses.php3


    Books

    There is a wealth of basic blacksmithing and bladesmithing knowledge contained in the books and vhs/dvd’s of Jim Hrisoulas, Wayne Goddard, and Blade magazine. Other people are far far better qualified than myself to review and recommend those. Two books on Japanese swords specifically really are indispensable, however, and have become virtual classics. I find myself returning to them again and again…

    The Craft of the Japanese Sword

    By Yoshindo Yoshihara, Leon Kapp, Hiroko Kapp

    http://www.amazon.com/Craft-Japanese...e=UTF8&s=books

    The Art of Japanese Sword Polishing

    By Setsuo Takaiwa, Yoshindo Yoshihara, Leon Kapp, Hiroko Kapp

    http://www.amazon.com/Art-Japanese-S...e=UTF8&s=books

    .
    Last edited by L.S. Lawrence; 12-10-2006 at 11:04 AM.

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    awesome post.
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    poilishing supplies

    http://www.namikawa-ltd.co.jp/english/index.html

    Sharpening service and other interesting things. (for new swords or production! not nihonto)

    http://nihonzashi.com/Sharpening.htm


    Another Tsuka DIY tutorial. from a hammer handle!

    http://japantrip.tripod.com/nihonto/tsuka/tsuka01.html

    This is all I have for now. awsome post, keep it comming everyone!
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    excellent work, thank you!
    worth a sticky?
    http://www.ausblade.com/ Home of the Production Sword Data base

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    This it a great thread. this needs a sticky!

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    thank you so much! i have been searching for tutorials like these for quite a while. I vote that this thread should be a sticky.
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    Sticky sticky! I second the sticky!
    Every time I put on a suit for a wedding or other event, I feel like I'm wearing optimal clothing for an epic fight scene...

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    I personally liked this set of links, YOURS ROCKS THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    http://www.knivesby.com/knifemaking.html



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    much gratitude

    I am in your debt master Lawrence -

    thanks for helping to broadening my knowledge base significantly .


    sticky up and give that man a cee-gar.


    Mick
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    Why ,this post is

    STICKIER

    than a 4 year old eating a waist high stack of pancakes on a movie theater floor!!!
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    waxing Poetical

    Well put Brother Ridgeway
    " Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."



    Ephesians 6:11

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    'Dead' links 'resurrected'

    Thanks for the good words everyone.

    I noticed this week that, when I edited the URLs last Sunday, a few were truncated by the SFI word processor and had thus become unreadable. Since too much time had elapsed there was no way to change them back.

    Here are the corrected versions...


    Great article on Michael Bell, one of the first American Japanese-style smiths (scroll to p.12 of the pdf)

    https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/dsp...8/1/Tanuki.pdf

    Making a Base for an Anvil

    http://www.metalsmithinghowto.com/co...nvilstump.html

    A Homemade Hydraulic Press on Don Fogg’s site

    http://www.dfoggknives.com/hydralic.htm

    Gabriel Lebec on O-Kissaki Geometry

    http://forums.swordforum.com/attachm...4&d=1113470936

    Henry . A on Proper Nakago Taper

    http://forums.swordforum.com/attachm...1&d=1143833917

    Polishing Tutorial by Moses Becerra

    http://www.nihontoantiques.com/polis...0by%20step.htm

    Erickur Nelson’s Mounting Tutorial

    http://www.macabeeknives.com/article...hara_Eriku.pdf

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    another nice Habaki tutorial in French with loads of pictures.
    the habaki is made from a copper pipe.
    http://tantojap.ifrance.com/pages/tuto_habakipag.html
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    A quick update, roughly a year later, to say that Brian Van S. has changed his site hosting, and the new URL for his tutorials on habaki making, polishing, and etching is here:
    http://home.mchsi.com/~galloglas/tutorials.html

    Also, Mike Pilo recently added a very helpful piece re his take on hybrid polishing. It can be found here: http://www.bladesignforum.com/viewto...5&p=7805#p7805

    --L.

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    Thumbs down Beware of Donald Myra

    Attention!

    I strongly would like to advice you not to deal with Donald Myra in any way! Donald Myra has not returned over a douzen swords to their legitimate owners eventhough having been paid in advance. Besides it is questionable if he has ever performed any work at all or wheter he even still posses teh swords in question.

    If you feel that you have been ripped of by Mr. Donald Myra please contact Constable Colin Banks at the Port Alberni RCMP immediately. He is familiar with the problems surrounding Donald Myra.

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