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Jesus Hernandez

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  1. Are there any historical iron mines in the area where you collected the ore? If so old records may show analysis results.
  2. You may want to find out more about the quality of your ore first. The final output of the furnace depends on how much iron goes in.
  3. I think the pH in my stomach just went down a notch.
  4. Hope it heals fast.
  5. Nice approach to the serpent. Looking forward to images of the final pattern.
  6. Keep up the good work, Jan.
  7. Hallelujah!
  8. It is not unusual that the hamon looks better on the first go at etching and later attempts at re-polishing using only higher grits and re-etching will not show nearly as much contrast. Having said that, it is possible to bring back the hamon good looks by multiple cycles of re-etching and polishing with paste-based abrasives. And I mean multiple.
  9. I like the shape of the last three blades you posted. To see the hamon at the early stages of grinding I find that being very consistent in leaving parallel grinding marks will allow you to see the hamon at 220 grit or earlier using a strong light source directly above the blade without a need for etching.
  10. Nicely put.
  11. Good start. I will suggest to look at original habaki to realize the thickness of the walls.
  12. "Know your steel." That should be a mantra when trying to figure out hamon. To have a large batch of consistent steel (that will allow for multiple tests) and figure out its quirks in your own setup (which has its own set of quirks too) is the way to go. Good for you, Austin.
  13. I'll be there as usual. Looking forward to seeing all of you.
  14. Checkers.