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Doug Webster

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  1. Doug Webster

    First Reproduction Tanto

    Thanks for the feedback. I first water quenched the tang of the rasp to test the metal before forging. Whatever steel it is, hardened well and had decent grain structure. Tsuka and Saya are carved from Yellow Poplar then stained and laquered. This tanto is a practice lesson for my next project which is a katana made from 1075.
  2. Doug Webster

    First Reproduction Tanto

    After a lot of inspiration from Japanese bladesmiths on this forum and other resources, I decided to make my own reproduction of a Tanto. This was my third and only successful attempt at water quenching. This knife started as a ferriers rasp, 1095 I believe. No hamon appeared after quenching. I also made three dismal failed attempts at a habaki. Forged a carving knife to make the saya and tsuka. Still need to complete the fuchi and koiguchi.
  3. Doug Webster

    Japanese Style Work/not a one trick pony

    Ame Mistu shines upon you. Beautiful work.
  4. Doug Webster

    Copper patina processes

    I tried Ford's method of heating copper to near its melting point then quenching in hot water. While cooling the copper was chrome silver, then blue, and finally purple. Never found the beautiful red he achieved. Okay I did melt this scrap habaki just a little.