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Clint h.

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  1. The color comes from thin oxidation, the oxidation on the surface prevents the steel from rusting deeper because rust doesn't rust (this is why its used to protect gun parts). slightly different oxidation amounts cause different colors. I'm no expert but I believe blue is the highest oxidation color before going black (it may be green). red comes before so it would require an alloy slightly less susceptible to oxidation (maybe a little bit of chromium?) to cause a lighter color. hope that helps
  2. I know its alot to ask. I hate myself for asking, but does anyone have any (I dare say) extra Tamahagane or similar? I wanted to use it as a reference as comparison and to study. only a quarter or half dollar size will do but if you have some larger pieces you don't want that would be more than fine, anything similar. Please let me know if its completely unreasonable I feel so ashamed but I want to examine it very much before I attempt making it sorry you can pm me about it.
  3. wow. thats all i can say. hmmmm ore from beach sand. i ripped a super strong magnet out of a dead hard drive. next beach trip, its coming with me. a beach near me has dark gray sand, perhaps oxidized iron. all i know is if you forget to bring shoes to that part of the beach......well it felt like it could smelt itself. hope i can pull something off someday.
  4. thanks. i think i will go with kaolin idea.
  5. oh, im not much of an internet shopper but i'm willing to make repairs as often as needed.
  6. oh. are there any materials that can be easily found that will stand up to heat higher than welding?
  7. i found some perlite but it has miracle grow fertilizer in it. do you think i can leach it out with how water?
  8. can you get it at home depot or walmart? also does it make a good high-temp aggregate? i was going to experiment with different mixtures to use as a refractory. thanks.
  9. no problem. oh yea I forgot it was a ko-katana. you just don't see many of those anymore. I love o-kissaki, there just so shiny!
  10. wow! thats one of the nicest blades i have seen! i especially like the nakago. its amazing that you could get such a big kissaki out of the wakizashi. its reminiscent of one I like from Walter Sorrells. keep it up =)
  11. thank you very much. when it comes to this i don't usually get lazy so i am more than happy with a file =)
  12. is it completely necessary for making short swords? can i use a file instead or is it pointless? i would definitely assume a bench grinder would be of no use at all. comments welcome, critique appreciated.
  13. I have been told that the shallow hardening steel makes a good hamon but ow shallow is it? if you quench it when it's dull and then grind it to shape will the hamon be filed away?
  14. thanks for all the help guys =) . i think i can make a cold chisel set with the materials i have. my bench grinder is pretty good for improvised tools. i was going to try practicing japanese calligraphy for the occasion. definitely going to practice.
  15. here this is the basic view of what it looks like. think it will show up. untitled.bmp
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