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    definitely, absolutely, without a doubt leave it...

    definitely, absolutely, without a doubt leave it alone. It is worth more damaged than repaired. Anything that involved welding will ruin the heat treatment of the blade, and then it is not even a...
  2. 400 + 1 layer, sanmei goosequill dao

    Hello All,

    this one has been the biggest learning experience of any one piece. It is a really light and fast sword, and it cuts really well. There is one cosmetic issue that I just couldn't get...
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    Hello Everyone - as of now, it appears that I am...

    Hello Everyone - as of now, it appears that I am going to work with Philip Tom to get the handle and sheath made and Charles Wu to make the fittings. These fellows are each the top-of-the-line. If...
  4. yeah, I saw that in the etch. i learned about...

    yeah, I saw that in the etch. i learned about that effect way back when had trouble evenly heating my blades. thanks for the info.
    i will try to track the cite down.
    kc
  5. very cool. Is that a dent from a harness tester?...

    very cool. Is that a dent from a harness tester? if so, do you know the results of the test?
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    I hope to get someone who is much more talented...

    I hope to get someone who is much more talented than me to make the fittings. This is too curved to be "right" for a goose quill saber. But, it is close. It should also have composite construction...
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    pweld short goose quill dao

    Hello All,
    here is a 16.5" blade. 1080 and 15n20. hope you like. I may just sell as loose blade, or I may try to collab for fittings. I am not sure. I may even make the rest myself.

    coments...
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    If you have any old Nicholson files, they are...

    If you have any old Nicholson files, they are 1095 or w1. Either will make a good hamon (not as good as low mang 1075 or w2. buy a bar of either from aldo, njsteelbaron.com). It is worth it, really....
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    yep - alloy is the first important step in...

    yep - alloy is the first important step in forming a beautiful hamon. Less than 40pts of Manganese is needed (none is optimal but I have some low manganese 1075 from
    Aldo Bruno that is just amazing...
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    charles - I was literally just thinking of you...

    charles - I was literally just thinking of you this morning. Beautiful work. I am involved in forging a blade from some smelted steel that a friend has given me. He is also a professional (and...
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    No, this shape wasn't common. I sort of modeled...

    No, this shape wasn't common. I sort of modeled it after a blade on Thomas Chen's site where he has a set of ridged cross-sections. I can't really make the complex fittings. I am going to have to...
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    OK - here is the whole thing. I don't usually...

    OK - here is the whole thing. I don't usually include sheaths for the knives and swords that I make. I can do pretty fair wood work. I am ok with sheet metals. I am horrible with leather, and I can't...
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    Thanks Angelo, On the one hand, I wonder whether...

    Thanks Angelo,
    On the one hand, I wonder whether my work is good enough to occupy the time of a serious polisher...
    On the other, there would be a LOT more beauty in this blade if it was polished...
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    thanks Angelo, I was just thinking that I should...

    thanks Angelo,
    I was just thinking that I should send him the next dao blade that I make, literally as I was turning on the computer. His work has always just stunned me. I was honestly trying to...
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    here is a new dao

    This is a willow leaf dao I just finished for someone.

    It is 24.5" working length
    1.47" wide at forte, 1.27 wide at false edge
    .30" thick at ridge at forte, .22" thick at false edge

    W2 steel,...
  16. Thread: New work

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    Slammin Sammy - that is pretty cool. I can't wait...

    Slammin Sammy - that is pretty cool. I can't wait to see the hamon. Pointy as heck. Depending upon how solid the tip is, you could get a heck of a stick with that thing using the 1/4 rotation throw...
  17. 23" willow leaf dao, birdseye maple, brass, hamon

    Here are pics of my latest sword. It is right on the border between a "short sword" and a full one.

    This is 1.46" wide, tapering to about 1.3" before tip
    .31" thick
    23" blade
    9.5ish" handle and...
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    If you put something like kaowool or a wet towel...

    If you put something like kaowool or a wet towel around the blade to keep the heat from travelling up from where you softened to the blade, you may be ok. If you did not, you really shouldn't cut...
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    Here is the link for the work from the author at...

    Here is the link for the work from the author at the Colorado School of Mines. It is a great synopsis. It was written by Michael Morimoto.

    http://www.forging.org/fierf/pdf/japanesesword.pdf

    kc
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    willow leaf dao 12" with hamon

    Hello everyone,
    I have bought a batch of high carbon, water hardening steel that has lower than usual manganese, with 75pts of carbon.

    This allow makes great sword/knife blades, if easy to heat...
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    If you haven't already, the first thing you...

    If you haven't already, the first thing you should do is buy all of Dr. Jim P. Hrisoulas's books.

    Also, you can get a good thesis or dissertation online about forging Japanese blades that was...
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    say, that is quite good for a first sword. I...

    say, that is quite good for a first sword. I played with seaxes and stuff for awhile before jumping to swords, but the sword geometry was still a big challenge to learn and make.

    It looks like you...
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    No, they are the same. There is a sequence for...

    No, they are the same. There is a sequence for this particular pattern where you cut, fold, weld... draw to length, cut mostly through and fold again and reweld, draw to length, repeat... repeat......
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    pattern welding

    I think the concentric shapes you are asking about are the result of pattern welding.

    They are definitely deliberate, and to do this type of work takes a great deal more skill than simply forging...
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    I'm going to make a wallhanger out of it some day...

    I'm going to make a wallhanger out of it some day and put it in our basement. By our pool table. It looks good, but it wouldn't really be a good sword (the viking one).

    The dao is a good sword,...
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