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  1. @Dan Rice that's all you will find, this is not a historical style but is my own project based on historical forms, materials, and techniques from other "genres", and the difference is mainly in the surface finishes...you can read most of the origins of the style and project in the first post or follow the links for the whole story...then you would research both classical tanto, their older counterparts in koshigatana, etc, (markus sesko's koshirae book has some good examples) as well as japanese farming tools for more information on the components...there are plenty of historical alternative
  2. ..another area to work on is improving the charcoal making/handling methods so there is less loss...you can be sure they were dialing in the quality on all parts of this intensive process...
  3. much appreciated, Gary...and there are a few more photos and details on the website: http://islandblacksmith.ca/2019/08/furusato-tanto/
  4. Forging the Blade The raw material for this blade spent most of the last century on a former homestead. A large portion of the steel was used for another blade, this was the piece cut from half of the left side. Slowly drying the clay for yaki-ire over the embers in the charcoal forge. After yaki-ire, an #80 grit Sun Tiger stone reveals the approximate hamon as the geometry is set. Habaki Habaki forged to shape in preparation for silver soldering in the charcoal forge. The habaki is textured with files and patinated using a blend of copper salts sim
  5. Furusato (故郷, pronounced “foo-roo-sah-toe”) means home place or hometown and contains the ideas of being rooted or grounded wherever one may sojourn, and a confidence and longing for return. "When difficulties come, I remember my home place…Someday I shall fulfill my task. And, then, return to my home place. To the green mountains and clear rivers of my home." Takano Tatsuyuki, Furusato Materials for the wabisabi aikuchi style koshirae mounting include Tshikalakala (Wenge) wood for the kataki tsuka and saya, Hounoki (Japanese Magnolia) wood and cow horn for
  6. specs above, more info and photos on the website: http://islandblacksmith.ca/2019/07/inome-tanto/ yoroshiku!
  7. Back to some projects that were on pause for a few months while I relocated my workshop...here's the first: The inome (pronounced “ee-no-may”, 猪の目, eye of the boar) name comes from the pierced heart-shape designs on the decorative o-seppa (washers) on either side of the tsuba (handguard). This lovely motif is ubiquitous in Japan, seen often in architecture, furniture, and sword mountings. In this context, the inome symbol conveys the idea of the always forward-moving wild boar of Japan’s forests and mountains, never giving up or retreating. This tanto was forged from an antique horse-d
  8. a lovely film made by some talented folks... In a forge on Vancouver Island, reclaimed steel is turned into tanto. Directed, Photographed, and Edited by Trevor Komori Location Sound: Sean Brouwer B Camera Operator: Liam Leyland Music Composed by Kurtis So Production Assistants: Vivian Hu & Judy Zheng still images | behind the scenes | making this tanto
  9. In a forge on Vancouver Island, reclaimed steel is turned into tanto. Directed, Photographed, and Edited by Trevor Komori Location Sound: Sean Brouwer B Camera Operator: Liam Leyland Music Composed by Kurtis So Production Assistants: Vivian Hu & Judy Zheng still images | behind the scenes | making this tanto
  10. a collage of some old photos via tony... more info and additional video: http://islandblacksmith.ca/2018/07/passing-of-louie-mills-yasutomo-康友/
  11. nice work, great use of a barrel...looked plenty enough carbon by the break test, and fairly low manganese by the hamon placement too...i have a real old one sitting in the shop waiting for the day...the proportion of mild to higher carbon looked pretty similar to kōa-issin-tou in the etch...some informative info and details on construction for those wanting to research, great steel and great swords: http://ohmura-study.net/998.html https://www.japaneseswordindex.com/koa.htm
  12. fairly old low alloy carriage spring...traditional clay and water quench using a charcoal forge...~1mm thick layer of roughly 1:1:1 natural clay, charcoal powder, and polishing stone powder...blade is about 29cm long (nagasa), 2.3cm wide (motohaba) and 6mm thick (motokasane)...close up of the rough kajitogi polish done with very coarse waterstones (torajirushi 80#, lobstercarbon 120#) to check the hamon placement... watch it happen below (more info here: http://islandblacksmith.ca/process/)... yoroshiku!
  13. for posterity, here is the original video: and on a playlist of traditional swordsmiths:
  14. here is a (slowly) ongoing series with some info on the classical approach: http://islandblacksmith.ca/tag/tanto-geometry/ in particular the tang/machi geometry: http://islandblacksmith.ca/2014/06/classical-tanto-geometry-nakago-tang/ and the habaki 's machigane: http://islandblacksmith.ca/2014/10/classical-tanto-construction-habaki-の-machigane/ i always recommend studying antiques and making kata to get a feel for the finer points of tanto geometry: http://islandblacksmith.ca/2014/04/aizu-shintogo-kunimitsu-tanto-kata/ from here it looks like there is still plenty of room inside yo
  15. @Jan ...nice! next time let me know when you are in town! that was one approach i considered, but there was too much damage to the blade, particularly to the edge for several inches above the machi...so it would have been a suriage wakizashi at most, however there was some other major areas of damage to the shape so i chose the two tanto route to make the most use of the steel...i certainly could have made this tanto a very slender shinogi-zukuri if i had wanted to tackle a shinogi-zukuri polish this summer though... ^______^
  16. @Wes much appreciated...indeed, redemptive art... ^____^
  17. @Wes i just added a "before" photo to the page...the antique blade had lost its hamon (likely damaged by fire) and then was abused, poorly reshaped (polished with a belt sander?), bent, and severely damaged for several inches above the hamachi..this tanto is made from the front half, i may get another tanto out of the rest in the future... so i forged it from shinogi-zukuri to hira-zukuri and forged a tang to maximize use of the steel...delicate work but worth the effort...
  18. @ScottWright i needed to get it done with a deadline along with some other projects so no videos, only a few photos (more on the website)...but a professional crew came by for some footage of the forge and documented the final assembly so it should be part of a video in the future... islandblacksmith.ca/2017/08/komorisan-back-in-the-forge/
  19. Some photos from various stages of the process: More process photos and info: islandblacksmith.ca/2017/08/on-ko-chi-shin-tanto/
  20. A true and accurate understanding of the past is an important step towards a good future. 温故知新 (on ko chi shin) is an expression that most directly translates to, "study the old to know the new". This blade began as a reclaimed piece of a damaged antique sword and was carefully hand forged in a charcoal fire, smoothed with files and a sen scraper, differentially hardened using traditional water quench yaki-ire, and polished by hand with natural Japanese water stones. Materials for the chisagatana style koshirae mounting include Japanese hounoki wood for the handle and scabbard, copper bus
  21. @peter, i have seen similar methods of soldering used by traditional copper vessel makers in japan... thanks, @peter!
  22. @Wes, @pieter, so glad to be of some inspiration and assistance with the classical approach, makes it worth all the effort to document and publish it... (^____^) @Zeb, no, i am not releasing any photos or info on the blade as it is in a private collection, the best you can do is maybe get a glimpse of the tang once or twice in the videos...yes, when i carved the tsuka i just subtracted the thickness of the samegawa so it would look right next to the saya, you can see the difference in the 6th photo...
  23. and photos... more info here: islandblacksmith.ca/2017/08/aikuchi-tanto-koshirae/
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