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  1. I think a good way to go about it is to search them in museum archives online. They'll usually have some information on time period and size etc, could be helpful in deciding what you do and don't like. I find once you've decided what sort you want to make its a lot easier to search out pieces from that period or in that particular style. Here's one I made a while back after researching how the ferrule and sheath worked together. It's finicky but really satisfying to put together.
  2. I tend to hit between 1.5-2.5mm on thickness at the heel on my kitchen knives, the last I did as thin as the one you've made was a tall integral that had great flexibility and lightness, but was still sturdy in the hand likely because of the bolster. I tend to aim for about 100g-125g overall weight for an 8 inch chef as I find it to be really pleasant to hold. Ultimately, the thickness/thinness will be good or bad based on the end users opinion on how it feels. Some people like a thick and heavier knife, but when I made a wedding gift for an old friend he let me know it weighed 3x less than his current favorite, and became his new favorite in quick order. I think you should ask the customer what they are used to or if they are looking for a more nimble kitchen tool and go from there. Since it is such a taste based thing, knowing what they are looking for specifically will help a lot. All that being said, I think your spine is right on for a light and nimble piece, and you should finish it out regardless of whether its destined for this particular customer and get a feel for whether you like it in the kitchen!
  3. Nice work Aiden! That looks fantastic! 8 folds is what I usually do when going to medieval or viking age work!
  4. So your first run was 650grams total weight going in? I generally charge about twice that much in my furnace, and it's about 25 minutes from start to finished high carbon puck. Your blower may be under powered for what you're trying to do. I would try using a shop vac with a ball valve hooked up, more pressure and air.
  5. I'd recommend taking that bar to a higher layer count to help decarburize and also homogenize it a little more. I tend to shoot for 12 folds with this material for Japanese work, 8 for Viking age stuff. I think Kevin Cashen did a test with the stuff that found after about 4 folds you even out carbon content in a bar. When you continue to fold you lose carbon content by exposing the surfaces to oxygen, then as you continue folding the average carbon goes down little by little. I find that a bar that sparks like you're second or first photo in your recent post is a good candidate for hardening, but it is hard to judge from just pictures. Maybe the best bet is to cut a small coupon of your 8 layer bar, and forge something small from it. Harden in water and see what happens, then adjust from there. Either way good luck with it! This material is not easy but it is very rewarding to work with
  6. I spent two years trying and failing at making good oroshigane because I was using feed stock that had too much phosphorous in it. Nowadays I only use the cleanest iron I can find to make my steel, so the regulating steel is as close to iron with some added carbon as I can get without any random alloying elements in it. My guess would be your issue has to do with your fire and the starting material. I would sometimes get material that could make hamon after 10-12 folds, but it was always very faint and would only really show up in the right type of light. I'm guessing those pieces were around .3%-.5% carbon at best. I was doing all of my work with a press which sped things up but not tremendously as the power wasn't there. What I would recommend is to try and find something relatively pure, real 1018 is a good get if you can find it, as it has low carbon and a low alloying elements, and use that for your melts instead. The only way I've been able to make good progress with this has been by knowing my material as well as I can, and starting with 'random' material that you don't know the makeup of is a surefire way to get into trouble. For all of the time and effort that goes into forging a blade out of this stuff its a shame if you don't know you have a good shot at a nice high carbon piece. I know its old advice, but the whole 'find steel you like and buy a ton of it' isn't too far off here, I bought as much iron as I could find when I knew what worked for me, and haven't looked back since.
  7. I think you might have touched on the issue with the sulfide deposits part of your most recent post, I've never had this issue with my steel even at 1% of above with a finished piece! You could try oroshigane with the steel, though it could be that the process won't remove the sulfur.
  8. Hey everyone! I taught a class at the New England School of Metalwork over the last week and thought I would share some images here! I took a ton of photos over the class, but will kind of pair it down to the images of the demo spear I made, and a few shots of all of the spears together. We studied and made three pattern welded billets based on historical patterns seen on various originals. We also drew out a bunch of wrought iron sheet from round stock for the sockets. We also made some really nice edge steel, 480 layers of 15n20 and 1095 The wrought iron sheet with the templates ready for cutting. A few of the twist bars for my spear, 24 twists on the left, and one of the interrupted twists for the other side of the spear. Beginning to square the twist bars to assemble the spear. 5 bars welded into one! I like to do my welding sequences as close together as possible. I laid the twist bars and wrought iron core together, and forge welded the five bars in the same step. A quick, and apparently out of focus, test etch of the side of the spear with the interrupted twists in it. The edge bar has been wrapped around the core and forge welded in place, then drawn out! Test etch on the other side of the spear. Wrought iron socket ready for forge welding. The plan! And the result! Next to the demo I made in preparation for the class. Something kind of interesting! I left my spear thick to account for grinding into the center of my pattern and to avoid drawing it out too long. I am a big fan of complex multibar patterns, and this was a fun exercise in making precise patterns in a different blade shape than what I'm usually doing. The finish ground weight! This was after hardening and tempering of course. And here's the finished piece! Made from 7 separate parts, an iron core, 4 twist bars, a wrapped around edge, and the socket! The twists are 11 layers of 1095 and 15n20 and the edge is 480 layers of the same. It was finished by being put on a 7 foot Ash haft, and its kind of amazing to hold something this alive on a 7 foot pole! We're in the process of figuring out where to display it in the shop now! And a shot of all of the spears finished during the week! All have different patterns and constructions and showcase each students creativity beautifully! I'm super proud of the work these guys did, and will share a shot of all of us together in a bit. I don't think I've ever seen this many newly made spears in one place, and much less of this quality! IMG_4738.MOV
  9. I wouldn't necessarily count it as a failure! I understand the issues with the core and the cracks, but there is a chance the cracks will polish out, and the core steel showing is something seen on nearly every nihonto still surviving, except for those that have seen fewer polishes. I would use the blade as a polishing practice to evaluate the quality of the hamon, and if you end up wanting to, you can use it as a quenching practice piece to try and form hamon out of the fire instead of using an oven, I find that having a heat differential caused by using the fire carefully instead of the eveness of a kiln can be very beneficial. I do all of my hamon without clay, so the technique is slightly different, but I think you may benefit from practicing with just the fire and clay instead of the oven. I am glad you're going to start again and give it another go! Your carbon levels seemed good, and you were able to get a nice midare hamon with bright nie. please show the polished surface when you get a chance!
  10. looking good! I tend to start with tamahagane or oroshigane at about the same level of carbon and fold to 10-14 folds depending on what I am making. I also do all of my work in propane though I will soon have a charcoal forge made up for hardening work. What are you using for your forging? Is it all by hand or do you have a press or power hammer? I use a power hammer and try to do all of my folding as quickly as possible. I start with ~5lbs of material and usually end up with about 30-45% of my starting weight when finished folding after a few hours. My most recent works have been about 5.5-6 hrs of folding to get to a usable bar of material. I like to work as quickly as possible in order to mitigate carbon loss due to using propane as my fuel source. I don't use clay or straw ash to mitigate carbon loss, but usually end up with enough carbon to make good hamon and harden to 62-64 RC out of the water. Anyway, looking forward to seeing your results! I don't weigh everything as carefully as I did when I first started anymore, for a while I was measuring loss after each fold in order to understand where the inefficiencies of my process were, but now I just make sure I know much much material I am starting with and generally can guess how much I will have when I am finished.
  11. There's a video I couldn't find just now of a mukansa togishi polishing swords with a setup he uses while standing, or maybe sitting in a conventional chair. There are straps set up so that he can hold the stone down with his feet even though he isn't kneeling. It's definitely something people can do!
  12. When I'm doing small fullers, like 1/2 inch or so, I tend to take a piece of dowel around the same size diameter or slightly smaller, and cut a slot in it. Generally the dowel is say 3 inches and the slot goes about half of the length. You can then insert a long strip of sand paper and then wind it around the dowel, and use that to sand the marks away. the fuller here was ground to 120 on machine and then hand finished starting with 220 on the dowel, took no time! For smaller fullers this is a super easy and effective way to finish them.
  13. Just by the surface finish it looks like they'd likely have a lot of carbon in them, they look a lot like the nearly cast iron sections I get in remelted steel. No idea where they came from but there's a pretty good chance they will crumble under the hammer I think! If they're not forgeable and crumble under the hammer you can remelt them with a strong arblast to decarb them back into steel. Although they might be forgeable too! I think your best bet if they can be forged is to make them into wafers for restacking and working into a billet, that way you have more mass to play with and can remove any weirdness by folding a few times. Excited to see what they actually are!
  14. Thanks Kevin! It was just bad planning and tooling on my part, I have the whole process pretty well fine tuned but used a saw to mark the teeth and that messed me up later as the marks didn't disappear entirely! Thanks Alan! I was lucky to have the original to look off of! I certainly would never have noticed that if it wasn't in my hands! I forge the teeth with a chisel and then go and forge the white hot iron into the completely cooled off edge bar! It works really well, but I find that it is harder with a power hammer than with the press. Gracias! Me alegra que les gusto! Thanks very much! It's definitely a bit of a trick in that way! When you see it at first the form of it and everything makes it seem quite simple, but there's a lot of nuance in there! I appreciate the kind words Thanks brother! The socket was a pain mostly because I don't have a perfectly sized hardy for the mandrel I made! I need to adjust the mandrel and make some sockets and really fine tune that part of the forging on my end, as I think I can do it far cleaner! making it as a separate piece helped a lot I think! I do like the Anglo Saxon spears that have the integral split socket and gentle flare towards the bottom, I think its extremely subtle and beautiful work.
  15. Thanks Alan! I'm always impressed by your anvil knowledge It's an insanely gorgeous anvil, and I can't wait to set it up and use it, though I need to wait till the new ship is built up! I've done some investigating and the face is extremely well blended but I think I see evidence of the weld and I think you're right it appears to be about 3/8" I think the hardy is an inch square? The anvil is also forged out of a few different pieces which is cool to see. I'm pretty sure there's no stamping or decoration on this one but it's extremely well shaped and finished, pretty amazed with how beautiful it is!
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