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    I've taken special note of that blade in the...

    I've taken special note of that blade in the past, myself. Forged the basic blade out a couple years back but never got further than rough grinding it. Mine looks like the one pictured but may be...
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    Well, there was also the Polish saber, as they...

    Well, there was also the Polish saber, as they called it. Looked a bit like the attached picture, more or less...
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    Will, don't know if it helps but they used to...

    Will, don't know if it helps but they used to carry a model they called a Mongol sword... looked more or less like the attached pic.
    Ofcourse, there were a couple of models of shamshir offered...
  4. Way back I messed around a bit with cheap priced...

    Way back I messed around a bit with cheap priced stainless swords. Had a United Cutlery katana as a first sword (well, bought sword, anyway... I'd made a couple of sword like things before that to...
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    Poll: Yessir, it takes some practice and real care. ...

    Yessir, it takes some practice and real care. But, done right, it is a technique that sort of bridges the differential hardened piece and the through hardened...

    All in all, though, the more I...
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    Poll: Me, personally... I like differentially...

    Me, personally... I like differentially tempered... :D Sort of related to through hardening but achieved selectively in the tempering stage rather than quenching phase. Ofcourse, that is based...
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    The Dark Sentinel has been around for quite some...

    The Dark Sentinel has been around for quite some time and has been discussed here a number of times before. I don't have one so can't comment much but I take it from past discussions that it is a...
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    Hi, Tim... I'm not sure of contact info so...

    Hi, Tim...

    I'm not sure of contact info so can't help you much there. But, I don't think you'll find any real standard tsuka to fit, without making one. I had one of the Dark Magic blades I...
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    If you have a forge, then you have a way to...

    If you have a forge, then you have a way to temper. Though that method is likely less than ideal. But, it does depend on what you are making and what you want it to come out like, with what...
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    What grit you choose has a lot to do with how...

    What grit you choose has a lot to do with how deep the scratches are... Deeper scratches are removed faster with a rougher grit, but a slip into an already polished area with a rough grit will make...
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    Oh, and lest I forget to add the safety...

    Oh, and lest I forget to add the safety precaution.... Don't forget to wear safety glasses. It kinda hurts when a thread of metal pops off and hits you in the eye... :D I seem to be racking...
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    Definitely knock off the scale before you start,...

    Definitely knock off the scale before you start, it will help. However, a sen will peel the scale off alright without dulling terribly badly. But, it will dull it a bit... I use old broken...
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    :D Lol.... I just throw a hammer or break...

    :D Lol.... I just throw a hammer or break something valuable and things are much better after it is over, all but the recrimination about costing yourself time and money, that is.... If you ever...
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    Really nice, I like it. I've got a couple...

    Really nice, I like it. I've got a couple Persian styled pieces in mind if I ever in fact get done with stuff I'm late on to get to doing them. Yeah, like that'll happen before I'm old and gray......
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    Well, custom is always a good option, and you...

    Well, custom is always a good option, and you will find yourself in luck if you look around... there are more than a few of us that like to make the seax in one form or another. So, if you have the...
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    In the usual process, you will mostly be looking at getting martensitic structure. It will need to be well tempered, ofcourse. I marquench to get blades in the mid range 50s, but the majority of...
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    Get some steel wool or fine sandpaper and rub the...

    Get some steel wool or fine sandpaper and rub the blade finish a bit and see if it is still there. A crack will stay around but if it is just the finish on there it will likely go away soon enough. ...
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    It is a good video... Covers the steps from...

    It is a good video... Covers the steps from creation of the blade through stock removal to the differential hardening and finish work thoroughly enough a beginner could follow along easily enough. ...
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    Here is a free piece of advice, probably worth...

    Here is a free piece of advice, probably worth what you paid for it.... If you get a cheap grinder, make sure to at least buy good quality belts for it. You can do some do okay work with even a...
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    I haven't used any file steel for blades yet, so...

    I haven't used any file steel for blades yet, so I can't say for sure what you should be looking for... but, I'd suggest if you want to look for a hamon to get some lemon juice or ferric chloride...
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    Shouldn't take anywhere near 4 hours of...

    Shouldn't take anywhere near 4 hours of hammering. It is a relatively quick process normally, though I tend to take mine slow and careful...

    It sounds like you either have a tang that is too...
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    Well, it would be a little bit different, but if...

    Well, it would be a little bit different, but if there is enough blade on there, cut the thing off either flat or at an angle and make it a double edge chopper, pure and simple. Grind a u shape in...
  23. Well, can't think of a lot of places, but you...

    Well, can't think of a lot of places, but you might try here:.... http://bladegallery.com/shopexd.asp?id=84422
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    Research...

    Andrew, take a look at your local library and see if they have or can get the loan of such books as The Craft of the Japanese Sword, The Complete Bladesmith, and whatever else they might have on the...
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    Hi Tyler, You can probably get by trying that a...

    Hi Tyler,
    You can probably get by trying that a time or two. Normalize a couple or 3 times... Remember to grind your edge off a little so you can have some thickness on there to take the stresses...
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