I have always been fascinated with the blades I have seen showing a beautiful differential quench line. Looking at the boneyard, I pulled some samples which have been saved to experiment with. I will include the bloom/cast iron melting experiment I started here,
As a totally unbiased experimenter I must admit I hope the homemade steel rises way above all others as that is where a lot of energy has been placed.
Here is a list we can have a look at, most of these steel may not be suited to participate , we will find out soon. Remember , this is mostly junk.
I have a few more I am unable to pull right now, old leaf springs and more runners from sleds.
My next step is to finish melting some bloomery materials to about a 1% carbon level and practice some forge welding in a gas forge ( all welding will be done with a gas forge ). Design a simple blade shape, to be formed from each material. A basic 1" wide kitchen knife (looking a little like the melted file steel blanks). Set up a standard normalizing/quenching/tempering method for each steel.
I tried to edit the title of this post and place a comma after hamon, but could not do it...would one of the administrators doi it please
It shoulld read in search of hamon, experiments at the forge #1
Edited by Jan Ysselstein, 16 August 2015 - 11:03 PM.