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About SteveShimanek

  • Birthday 06/12/1962

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    bladesmithing, blacksmithing, Japanese swords, aikido

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  1. The steel plates probably effectively quenched the tang; you may need to temper to blue or hot stamp your mark earlier in the process.
  2. Not bladesmith related, but I have been teaching myself to TIG weld aluminum, as i repair numerous corrosion holes in a diesel fuel tank from my 40 year old sailboat. Aluminum is a very different animal than steel, but I am making progress. Boat work has taken precedence over shop work lately, but i have some sword polishing backlogged that i will be back to soon.
  3. That cannon pattern is rocking; have you cast it yet?
  4. Rewelded my riding lawn mower frame, replaced the drive belt...now I can catch up on my mowing; 3 weeks behind due to dodging a cyclone and being in a monsoonal trough for too long. Also made a machigane (little triangular bit of copper for bottom of habaki) and brazed up and fitted the habaki to the Japanese swrd restoration project i got from Geoff. Will post photos to the other thread later.
  5. That is awesomely good for a first, better than mine was for sure; the only thing other than what Alan pointed out was that the alignment of the blade and tang seems bent....maybe it is an optical artifact?
  6. That is some very clean forging!
  7. The changeover from tachi to katana was based on the main means of warfare, and occurred in the 1500s. The most obvious difference was in how the sword was carried, and the length and sugata (shape) of the sword. In earlier times, samurai fought from horseback using longer swords, and carried them edge down in a suspension harness; later, they fought on foot and carried their sword inside their obi (belt) edge up. (short version)
  8. I just did a search on the gidgee tree, being unfamiliar with it; it looked similar to Hawaiian koa, which makes sense as i found it is a member of the acacia family, like koa. Nice! ps i hate autospell, it is more work to fix the words it replaces
  9. Full refund, clean break, no jackwad in your forge....bullet dodged!
  10. I did some electrolysis on the tang to reduce the active red rust for about 2 hours; it came out pretty well. The shiny areas are remnants of the hamon after the sword was shortened...the end of the handle was reshaped like an unaltered sword, which was a practice in the 1500s that generally did not occur after that.
  11. That thing is a beast, good score, and welcome back.
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