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  1. If they simply placed ashes between layers and...

    If they simply placed ashes between layers and welded them...then how can one be surprised it failed? I am curious what they expected to have happen.

    The ashes in hamon clay is OK, but it will not...
  2. Hello Sara, I am sorry for your loss. I have...

    Hello Sara,
    I am sorry for your loss.

    I have been asked to do this in the past and this was my response.

    "I did some research into the chemical state of ashes after cremation. There would be...
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    I am not sure the state of the workshops on that...

    I am not sure the state of the workshops on that site. They may still exist or may have been converted to other uses. To be sure there was some manufacturing being done close to the fort (an old...
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    Celia, The arms room I saw at Alwar in 2007 did...

    Celia,
    The arms room I saw at Alwar in 2007 did not allow photos in the museum, but did around the exterior. The sun symbols was everywhere...including in the steel patterns of the blades. I saw...
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    I have seen swords like this in the Alwar armoury...

    I have seen swords like this in the Alwar armoury in India...and in a box under my workbench waiting to be completed.
    Ric
  6. Well, a few minutes ago my nine year old ran down...

    Well, a few minutes ago my nine year old ran down the hallway with it...so...who knows.

    Ric
  7. Douglas, I would say typical for the specific...

    Douglas,
    I would say typical for the specific variety as it represents a grouping a of blades, but not the "norm" when Viking era swords are taken as a whole. The blade was a recreation of a...
  8. Hello All, No one hour sow can capture...

    Hello All,
    No one hour sow can capture everything we want to know about anything, but it is good that such things are being broadcast. Imagine that..a sword program on NOVA that has nothing to do...
  9. Jerry, It is CP and 6/4..they appear to not have...

    Jerry,
    It is CP and 6/4..they appear to not have any issues with bonding and forging.
    I would think that some of the higher alloy titaniums would not do as well, but I have limited experience with...
  10. David, It is possible to do "hammer welding",...

    David,
    It is possible to do "hammer welding", but the technique is not a simple one.
    I have a few pictures of some titanium laminate "TI-LAM" I make on my site here:
    ...
  11. Greg, I am sure such a blade can be made. Most...

    Greg,
    I am sure such a blade can be made. Most do not wish to pay for the work required to do so.

    Ric
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    Jeroen, What about conversion of retained...

    Jeroen,
    What about conversion of retained austenite to untempered martensite via time at room temp and also shocks inducing hardening and adding enough energy to do the austenite to martensite...
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    Larry, Glad it worked out..thought it would. ...

    Larry,
    Glad it worked out..thought it would.

    Ric
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    Hello Sean, A point can be made for the opposite...

    Hello Sean,
    A point can be made for the opposite happening.
    Retained austenite will convert to untempered martensite with time, shock or low temperature..which would make the blade harder and a bit...
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    slow shipping

    I recall it took my books about 50 days to get to me Jan 28th order date..arrived late March.
    Actually I did two orders with Y. Shen and the second order arrived before the first.
    I have spend over...
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    Addendum.... Was there slag in this blade? It is...

    Addendum....
    Was there slag in this blade? It is the absence of slag, not just the carbon or other alloy levels, which Dr. Williams was pointing out.

    Ric
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    Greg, I do think it odd that no Vanadium was...

    Greg,
    I do think it odd that no Vanadium was measured (or listed) in the list of alloys when some of the other ones were as low as 0.005....maybe they did not look for it.
    HOWEVER
    The claim that...
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    http://cgi.ebay.com/Book-Iron-and-Steel-Sword-Chin...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Book-Iron-and-Steel-Sword-China-2007-/350453320694?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5198a54bf6

    copies on ebay now.

    Ric
  19. Though I will not comment on the age of this...

    Though I will not comment on the age of this piece I will say that Jim is incorrect at to the manufacturing...the pattern welding of the blade can NOT be cast..ever. This is a pattern welded...
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    Hello H., My Mother is Croatian...grandparents...

    Hello H.,
    My Mother is Croatian...grandparents came over to Milwaukee, Wisconsin many many years ago.
    Grinding will not hurt the steel, but the heat of the grinding can create stress which may...
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    Peter, This is not something I have noticed in...

    Peter,
    This is not something I have noticed in my clay coated,water quenched blades.
    Interesting.

    Ric
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    Hello Arik and Ruud, Here is the writ-up above...

    Hello Arik and Ruud,

    Here is the writ-up above the videos on my site. I think it explains how the results will be released and the future plans for the research.

    "This three part video...
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    Breaking a wootz Sword

    Hello All,
    In 2001 I filmed a video of the destruction of a wootz sword.
    Here it is in three parts:
    http://www.doorcountyforgeworks.com/Wootz.html

    WARNING
    This may be a bit painful for...
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    I did my first blister steel run better than 15...

    I did my first blister steel run better than 15 years ago.

    At Quad State for the Southern Ohio Forge and Anvil group in 2003 I did a demonstration of three steel making technologies:...
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    Blister and Shear Steel Making

    Hello All,
    Earlier this week I had a visit from Robert Rossdeutscher from Illinois and he wanted to make up some Blister and Shear Steel for his reproduction work of Colonial Trade Knives. He has...
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