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    I get mine (4000 and 8000) from a wholesale...

    I get mine (4000 and 8000) from a wholesale Jewelers supply. The 8000 grit makes a huge difference in making the hamon frosty white.

    If you can't find it in the UK email me and I will get some...
  2. Thread: Katana ID?

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    Thanks guys. At least he is only in it for...

    Thanks guys. At least he is only in it for $100.00. I think he wil survive.

    Maybe I'll buy it from him and re-forge it into a couple tantos. It has nice layer patterning and a nice two piece habaki
  3. Thread: Katana ID?

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    Katana ID?

    Hello all,

    A friehd of mine just acquired this blade and hasn't a clue. Can anyone give me some general info on it? Thanks in advance,

    http://img.inkfrog.com/pix/steeldust/092006hakago.jpg...
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    I need to add

    It shows tonight, Monday, Feb 28th. I beleive it also shows again at midnight.
  5. Thread: Good TV Program

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    OOPS!

    Got my head where the sun never shines.

    It will be on tonight, Monday, Feb 28. I believe it also shows again about midnight same night.
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    Good TV Program

    For those of you with digital cable TV or a friend who has it, There is a one hour program on at 8 p.m. Central time on History International. (HISTI ch:255 in this part of the country). It is about...
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    The Master: Masamune

    For those of you with digital cable TV or a friend who has it, There is a one hour program on at 8 p.m. Central time on History International. (HISTI ch:255 in this part of the country). It is about...
  8. Oh Yeah,

    What all would be involved in that (how much money?).

    If you want to start a list of people wanting steel please add my name to the list for anything from 1070 to 1084. The last 1070 I got from...
  9. Thread: folder design

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    Actually it is a lot of fun. There are just so...

    Actually it is a lot of fun. There are just so many nit pickey little things to get exactly right or the thing won't work. That makes it time consuming and can be kind of machinery intensive. If...
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    Bryce

    Try Mokume gane, or stainless damascus from Damasteel. Looks great and no rust. The mokume will tarnish, but not if you carry it and use it all the time.
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    Hi Bryce

    The best book on lockbacks that I have seen is How to Make Folding Knives By Ron Lake, Frank Centofante, and Wayne Clay. Ron Lakes rear lock design is the standard for custom lockbacks. You can...
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    Hi Bryce,

    There are as many opinions about tanned versus rawhide same as there are people using it. However in a tanto sized tsuka I think either would do fine. The tanned stuff is easier to handle and comes...
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    Hello

    You are using a good steel for clay tempering, but to get the kind of hamon you're after you will have to use a water quench.

    Check the steel with a magnet for non-attraction to learn the color at...
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    We could get into a real long winded discussion...

    We could get into a real long winded discussion about that. If you would like I can email you a pic of a blade after it's clayed up and another when it's polished. We can discuss it in PM or take it...
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    Thanks to all

    I was just pointed to this thread by Chris. Thanks guys for the compliments. I appreciate it.

    I still have a long, long way to go, but what else is there to do with life than keep trying to do...
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    Try this...

    Try this place.http://yumahardwoods.homestead.com/bamboo.html

    $20.00 bucks will get you a lifetime supply for you and all your friends.
  17. Thread: Mekugi-ana

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    Good question

    I took the same route and quit putting the hole in the nakago for the same reason. I have heard to figure three finger widths down from the machi is about right....but I don't think whoever said that...
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    Mr. Smith,

    I thought I might throw in a different approach here..A couple years ago a bunch of us knife makers were playing with Boron carbide coating.

    This stuff goes on something like 2 microns thick(that...
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    Vincent,

    Sounds like you have the right idea in general...but I would stay away from the J.B.Weld. It will show a flat grey line between the bolster and the blade. Instead use something like "Staa-Bright" low...
  20. Thread: My latest

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    Dan,

    Looking good! I only do tanto and the occasional Wakizashi myself, but I have the same problem. I have to see immediately what I have in the way of hamon.

    Good work. Show us a pic after its...
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    Don,

    The clove oil you find in grocery and health food stores is a very concentrate form. If you mix one of those tiny bottles with a pint of mineral oil, it will make a wonderful smelling rust...
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    Call Ben Kreiser at www.Japaneseswordsltd.com His phone number is (210) 667-9055
    Nice guy to talk to and will know of every Japanese sword in the area.

    If you call him..tell him Bradburn said...
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    Re: How to modify my katana?

    Hi all,

    I just wanted to throw this in since no one else addressed it. You won't be able to re-use the cotton ito if you take it off. It would be too short. There needs to be 4-6" of each end left...
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    SATANITE refractory clay..source

    Hi everyone,

    Here's the deal..Refractories-West in Pueblo, CO have 29 bags of satanite at 55 pounds each. They are cutting a good deal at $20.00 per bag to close it out. UPS shipping from Pueblo...
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    Something else you might try.

    This works for me when in the same type situation

    If you need to make minor adjustments use a good sized wooden mallet instead of a steel hammer. This doesn't have to be an expensive fancy thing....
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