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    Sticky: No, the ore for this ingot is all local...

    No, the ore for this ingot is all local magnetite, that other blade was the bi-coastal ore mix. I have not seen more of that eastern ore, maybe at this year's F&B we can put the two ores together...
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    AsadUllah's Tomb

    Hey Manouchehr, do you know if The famous smith's tomb still exhists in Isfahan? In Persian steel they mention it as being in the cemetery in Sichan, and that the swordsmith's guild would visit...
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    Sticky: Way to think outside the box! Oxalic acid is a...

    Way to think outside the box! Oxalic acid is a reducing agent or wood bleach in many contexts, not what you'd guess would do a good etch.
    Looks like it does a good job bringing out the...
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    You can find the pumice at stores that cater to...

    You can find the pumice at stores that cater to traditionalist woodworkers or painters, and lapidary supply places have it too. Woodcraft, Covington Engineering, Mohawk, places like that.
    In the...
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    I think it is an interesting piece, and if it...

    I think it is an interesting piece, and if it were wootz that would narrow down the possibilities a bit. The second of the two close-ups is somewhat hopeful, but far from conclusive…You’ll find wootz...
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    Sticky: I think so, very roughly speaking, hence the...

    I think so, very roughly speaking, hence the Indian versus Persian versus Turkish/Syrian styles, in a very broad sense. Smaller-scale variation may have been squelched due to fear of the high cost of...
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    Sticky: It occurred to me that maybe a hammer with a hard...

    It occurred to me that maybe a hammer with a hard ‘slap’ type blow might break up the banding as compared to a softer hitting hammer, causing fiberousness, but it is a random hypothesis, I have not...
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    Sticky: A great start indeed, Cyrus! Nice laddering, you...

    A great start indeed, Cyrus! Nice laddering, you need to make some more steel for sure! :cool:

    Peter, regarding your question about the fibrous quality of your steel - It could be you have not...
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    Sticky: Forging scraps is good, you can learn a lot from...

    Forging scraps is good, you can learn a lot from a limited amount of material, especially if you have scraps from a few ingots lying around. Most of my fragments are no longer tied to a specific...
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    Sticky: Hi Jan! Nice to ‘see’ you over here, maybe we...

    Hi Jan! Nice to ‘see’ you over here, maybe we should wootz-brainstorm in your mountain retreat, there are so many variables to eliminate it would help to have an idyllic setting to keep focused…FYI...
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    Well, sort of – but unless you are quenching your steel while liquid it will have grains of oriented dendrites of one size or another, you’d have to be pretty quick to randomize single crystals.

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    I changed etching solutions, and now the banding...

    I changed etching solutions, and now the banding is almost equally visible on either side of the line :)
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    Sticky: Changing solidification rate might allow you to...

    Changing solidification rate might allow you to adjust the size of the pattern, by altering the original dendrite spacing, but that is the only effect I think you’d see. Beyond that, you may well...
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    No, you are too kind, Kerry! ;) Your shop, your...

    No, you are too kind, Kerry! ;)
    Your shop, your equipment, your gas, only a little bit of my ore in the crucible with the local stuff & hematite – it’s BKS steel.
    All I did was stand around and...
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    BKS steel from last month, with a quick polish...

    BKS steel from last month, with a quick polish and etch after HT:
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    Ric –
    I’ll see what I can do, of the other two ingots I was attacking the past couple weeks one has similar definition and size, the other is somewhat muddy, I might be missing some critical alloy...
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    Sticky: Getting back to the subject of this thread,...

    Getting back to the subject of this thread, patterns, I think it is safe to say that manipulating the carbide bands in wootz is an order of magnitude more complex than the pattern manipulation...
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    Manouchehr, thank you for stimulating/facilitating so much new academic work in this neglected field!
    Regarding etchants, I know the oft-mentioned ‘zag’ is akin to sulfuric acid, what other acids...
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    Sticky: That must have been a wonderful day at the...

    That must have been a wonderful day at the museum(s), Ric! I look forward to reading the publications that come out of it, and to the data on your collection as well. :cool:
    I am willing to take the...
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    Here's a film from 1937 that shows the two-week...

    Here's a film from 1937 that shows the two-week long iron smelting campain of an Ovambo family:
    http://www.era.anthropology.ac.uk/Era_Resources/Era/P-C_Museum/smelt_index.html
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    In the ‘Technical Aspects’ chapter, Figiel is referencing an article by Wadsworth, and is talking about quenching steel in general, not specifically wootz or swords (high carbon steels can be...
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    Sticky: Which historical accounts are you referring to,...

    Which historical accounts are you referring to, that call for an air quench? :confused:
    From al Biruni (~1000 AD) and al Tarsusi (~1200 AD) who describe various methods of water-based quenching to...
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    Awesome work there, Sandeep! :cool: David - ...

    Awesome work there, Sandeep! :cool:

    David -
    It is kinda hard to find much info on the specific techniques used in koftgari, by searching that name; however the basic process of overlaying silver...
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    IMDB is your guide to everything cinema - could...

    IMDB is your guide to everything cinema - could be this fellow:
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1044149/
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    Sticky: It does not take many enthusiastic yet clueless...

    It does not take many enthusiastic yet clueless newbies to dilute the level of discussion down to where people with a deeper understanding of the craft will take their problems and solutions...
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