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Everything posted by R.H.Graham

  1. It could have been, it's hard to say really, if it was a katana at one point, it was a monster with extreme curvature. As it sits now it's a touch over 18inch nagasa with a bit more than 1/2 inch sori. At 27-28 inch it would have been in the range of 3/4 to a full inch. If the profile followed it also would have been well over 1 1/4 wide at the machi...very likely 1 3/8ths, and better than 3/8ths thick. All possible, but she would have been a beast. It's a very robust Wakizashi as it is.
  2. Solidly mounted anvils help alot too. If an anvil rings when you strike steel on it's surface it's sucking energy and making you work harder, if the steel is hot, you should hear a thud, no ringing. It makes more than a small difference. Hammers to light blow out elbows...as much as hammers to heavy. Hammer should have enough weight to do the work by being dropped and guided down to the work piece, if you are powering all the way down to the anvil, you are using too much energy and should go up a bit in hammer weight. Many people "short stroke" and use a lot of power to push the hammer
  3. Early on Fogg and Fikes got me interested in Marquench, and later Howard refined the ideas, I used it alot with low alloy steels and some simples, 1084 and 1095 in particular, 1084 is very well suited to it. It can solve a lot of issues with big blades in particular, main one having a window of time to straighten a blade immediately after quench. Usually side-on warps, but you can also adjust curvature as well if needed, and even twists. After getting into waterquenching and the japanese style stuff precurving became method of choice, no exact science but with practice you can land stuff
  4. Imo, some positive precurve before an oil quench is the only way that will not have you pulling your hair out. Waterquenching any low alloy is tricky tricky tricky, and to much risk really unless you like the thrill. With consistant temp of the quench oil itsself, with practice I could get single edged sword blades to land nearly dead straight after it was all over. If you look at pics of ancient backswords, and dirks as well, you can find quite a few that still show a bit of negative curvature. It's an age-old issue. Edge vs point quenching makes little to no difference regardl
  5. SOLD Hey Friends, I have a Japanese-made wakizashi that I unfortunately need to put up for sale. I have had this quite a long time, and had intended to keep it. When it first came into my possession it was in very bad condition, with no background information on it other than it had been "brought home from the war". It had been abused and used as a toy for the most part and was badly rusted/pitted. It had very bad WWII era mounts on it at the time which were rotted and not saveable. I assumed the sword was WWII manufacture as well when I got it and intended to use it for polishing
  6. Wow, great work all around, especially loved the knife in the second pic.
  7. great looking chopper, kinda makes me sad it's a weapon in the war against common sense but I'm sure it'll work good at harvesting the weed.
  8. Nice clean little package, nice work!
  9. I splurged...the mocotaugan and a little gouge...non-shop related, just for me... I have guilt... :0)
  10. I'll drop the set to $200 , no lower, the 8 inch alone is worth the asking price.
  11. Walnut is from europe, it was recovered from a very early mauser rifle and rhis was the last biggish piece I had so I wanted to make a tool for myself with it to finish it off.
  12. Rockin the crooked knife today...
  13. Thanks guys! Sold it tonight...man, it is getting really hard to let some of these go lately, I was getting dangerously attached to this one.
  14. Thanks Kevin I did an etch on the blade today to see if it would bring the pattern up, it did, but it happens to be very very tight and since I through hardened this particular blade there was nothing much to see, accept for a few of the weld lines...the old stuff is like that, some etches with a very dramatic pattern, almost like tamahagane, other times so fine it can hardly be seen, this blade was the latter unfortunately. I'm going to do a straight satin on it tomorrow and take some better pics.
  15. Awesome work Scott, love the knife especially
  16. Wow, neat knife, I love that!
  17. Yes, sometimes...if you put in a third pair of holes you can tuck them inside the sheath as well. Quite often my customers will remove the hanger altogether and replace it with a short thong, for a more traditional Sami style hang, or a long thong for a neck hang, which is what I prefer myself.
  18. Damn, nice work Allen! You are a seriously underated smith man
  19. It simply must be a miracle, constant intervention by the divine, that the human race ever managed to survive long enough to get to the "safe" state we are in today.
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