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    Good point about the difference between clock...

    Good point about the difference between clock springs and blades... and the fact that people put up with being killed with pointy rocks-on-sticks for millennia before human technology even became...
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    I guess to start I should apologize for not...

    I guess to start I should apologize for not specifying between steel manufacture to make mild steel and steel manufacture to make blade steels. In many ways this is a minor distinction, but viewing...
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    Often, it was left unhardened, as the...

    [Quote]Often, it was left unhardened, as the carbides would still allow it to hold an edge and hardening wootz blades was probably a very risky proposition- I don't know of too many that have been...
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    Very nice! Did you make these from scratch or is...

    Very nice! Did you make these from scratch or is only the koftgari work yours? Either way these knives make for an impressive package. I like the depth of the overlay; it is much more 3-D than most...
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    That's just a small step short of boring through...

    That's just a small step short of boring through metals and stone! If they develop a taste for concrete the modern world is doomed! Do I see a new blockbuster doomsday movie in the making?...
  6. Many of the wootz blades are quite soft, just as...

    Many of the wootz blades are quite soft, just as detailed in the article, but not all of them. Hardening a wootz blade does change the appearance of the pattern, but it does not affect the carbides...
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    Into hornbeam? Those are some very serious bugs!

    Into hornbeam? Those are some very serious bugs!
  8. On the subject of wootz, just like with other...

    On the subject of wootz, just like with other materials of the period the hardness was largely dependent on the methods of the particular smith. Many historical blades tend toward the softer end of...
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    New website for our custom weaponry:...

    New website for our custom weaponry: http://www.dragonsbreathforge.com

    We are pretty psyched with the new layout and look, but let us know if you see anything that needs changing.
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    Any of the standard carbon steels and alloy...

    Any of the standard carbon steels and alloy steels (10XX series, 5160, L6, 15n20, O-1) will make a pretty good kitchen knife, but I would definitely look for something that is about the right...
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    First of all, be VERY careful if you decide to...

    First of all, be VERY careful if you decide to cut open any kind of tank or other sealed container. If you are using a torch, the gasses from the torch itself or any paint or oil vaporized off the...
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    I personally like to use black furnace cement. It...

    I personally like to use black furnace cement. It sticks VERY well, so there are no issues with the clay popping off during HT. It is made from a very finely ground material, so unlike the grey...
  13. My recollection is that work-hardened bronze is...

    My recollection is that work-hardened bronze is harden than wrought iron, which is why there was a relatively long transition from the Bronze Age to Iron Age. Maybe some of the misconceptions in TV...
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    If you don't want any clean-up worries then you...

    If you don't want any clean-up worries then you need to go with a stainless of some kind. I don't work in stainless, but 440-C and ATS-34 are both pretty well known. For either of these you will...
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    Just wanted to let folks know that we have gone...

    Just wanted to let folks know that we have gone through our first update cycle and added all of our ironwork, sculpture, etc. No new swords just yet, but those will be coming soon.

    We are trying...
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    It is interesting, the original pictures of the...

    It is interesting, the original pictures of the raw bars show a very different pattern than the final product. It appears that there are lamination lines in the bar, which implies that the material...
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    Our new website is up!

    I just wanted to let everyone know that our new website is up and I want to invite folks to come check it out. It just went up today, so it may still be "propagating" in your area... if you get an...
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    There are certainly advantages to the vertical...

    There are certainly advantages to the vertical design, but really only for bladesmithing. The vertical post anvil lacks all the extra bits, such as a horn, etc, that make the standard anvil design so...
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    Awesome. But not really a kilij except in the...

    Awesome. But not really a kilij except in the tip, I think. Every kilij I have ever seen has a double-curved blade; first forward curved near the hilt and then sweeping into the saber curve near the...
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    Dan,

    I think there were a couple references to fire, yours among them, and I managed to mis-read or mis-interpret them to mean that the sword actually "sagged" into the new shape as the result of...
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    It also strikes me as possible that, as a...

    It also strikes me as possible that, as a translation of a translation of what was perhaps an oral tradition to start, the original meaning may have changed somewhat along the way. Anyone here ever...
  22. A couple thoughts on this discussion even though...

    A couple thoughts on this discussion even though it is really outside my area of expertise. First, most of the steels used would have been what is now referred to as "shallow-hardening", and I think...
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    One point on the oil quench vs water quench is...

    One point on the oil quench vs water quench is that, in many cases, oil quenching a long, clayed blade will actually result in a reverse curve. This issue has been hashed around the Bladesmith's...
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    The hamon on this blade does not have the...

    The hamon on this blade does not have the interesting details that some others do, but there is something to be said for the expertise required to maintain such an even pattern down the entire length...
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    just three more...

    just three more...
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