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  1. Dave Friesen, Crossed Heart Forge of Vancouver Island: http://islandblacksmith.ca/2018/07/passing-of-louie-mills-yasutomo-%e5%ba%b7%e5%8f%8b/
  2. Yes, I did. I just bought a wheel from Louie & he has more just sitting in his barn. I got a great price & figured I'd pass it on to whomever might be interested. I'm sure Louie wouldn't mind selling them. I bought a 12" wheel for my Tormek grinder that was almost twice the cost of the price Louie sold me a large almost 24" wheel for.
  3. Louie still has several sharpening wheels for sale as I bought one from him in July. Anyone interested will have to drive to Ann Arbor to pick up as they're too large/heavy to ship and would need to be crated or put on a pallet. The wheel dimensions are 23.75" in diameter by 2" wide. Looks like a 5/8" round hole in the center. I am not sure of the grit, but I would guess it might be 1,000 grit. Louie has an old RW grinder similar to this one on Ebay: 271265623918. Louie's grinder has a container for dripping water on the grinding wheel as it's being used. Here is an old RW gr
  4. Here is a 4 minute You Tube link of Louis Mills, aka Yasutomo going through the highlights of traditional Japanese sword making in his shop. I tried following the instructions for posting a You Tube video, but I saw no button for embedding. Gomenasai in advance. This video was filmed in 2007 and is part of a special narrated by Daniel Wilson filmed during the cold weather.
  5. This is an old thread. I happened to find a copy of the book, "India's Legendary Wootz Steel" on Abebooks in the UK. I am not sure if anyone has noticed, but figure 14 is missing in the pdf file containing the figures. I hope to actually see it in about a week or two.
  6. Hi, Is the Wakizashi still for sale? thanks, backhertz@yahoo.com
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