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  1. i think the answer is no. master chen uses a lot of different patterns. all have meaning to him. i can not say
  2. the sword will be a katana but that picture of the clay treatment is of a chinese jian. the process is the same only different ways of applying the clay and charcoal. it rained that day and i did not want to ride the motorcycle in the rain an hour. so i missed that photo. but no harm no foul. just the shape of the balde is different.
  3. that could be right. i listen in chinese and write in english. sometimes i get the translation wrong. the bad part is when i return to the usa and think in chinese and speak english. i sound phunny, i sould phunny anyway but i am more phunny then.
  4. thanks, master chen made it his self.
  5. now the sword is complete. the handle and the fittings will be added later. master chen says the heart of the sword is the steel. that is now ready.
  6. the handle will be scored to allow the wood handle to stick to the sword better.
  7. master chen's name in the sword. this will be traced with a crayon and the paper will be cut out and placed in the certificate of authenticity to prove your sword is a real Zubeng
  8. this photo shows master chen hammering his name into the handle
  9. the is hand polishing with a 3000 grit powder
  10. Here is the hand rubbing starting. they will take a cotton ball and a drop of oil and rub the blade for a day or more. the pushing the oil into the blade.
  11. thank you for reading. i see this every day. most people that like swords only see the box it comes it. if you have a chance you are welcome to come and visit the work room.
  12. The polishing will begin now. The stones are water stones from Japan and there is a set of 7 he will go through. I will not post all they look the same on the photos. One will be polished at a 90 degree angle to the blade and then the next one will be 45 degrees. this way you can see where you have been and where you need to go.
  13. Master Chen will now hammer the blade straight. He says it takes 1000 hits from the hammer to make a good sword. Some call this stress reliving the mune ( Spine ) Notice he is using a brass hammer now.
  14. Master Chen takes a look at his work. Notice the blade is curved. Go back and look at the picture before he quenched it and it will be straight. the quenching curved the blade The next photo you can see Master Chen holding the blade with the clay and the charcoal lines still on it.
  15. Master Chen is ready to finish the heat treating. I took the pictures of this process and I was fortunate to get the timing as I did. when he removes the blade from the fire you can still see the charcoal lines burning on the blade. he will take it out and look at the color of the steel then he will maybe wait 1 second or a few seconds and then put the blade in the water quench it all at once. He does this from experience. On the second photo you can see the charcoal lines on the blade still burning even out of the fire. On the last photo the lines are still burning as it
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