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  1. That's a very lovely knife, well done! Also, sprouts are delicious. Fact.
  2. That's interesting, thank you. For a hammer I think part of me would still want to add a wedge in there, but I'm a worrier
  3. One of a kind, good job. I'm intrigued by the "making the big small, putting it into the small and making it big again" technique can you say more?
  4. Nice! Part of me worries that the support arm might rotate slightly under the load while the blade is being ground, but since you mention that it worked really well I imagine it's not an issue in practice?
  5. Thank you Doug! There are definitely issues that I want to address with my next project by this feels like improvement. Not at all. The blade was quenched in Parks 50, which gave it its slight uchi sori. I had never used W2 before so I more or less followed John White's process as documented here The goop I use is thermo-loc, which I like because it doesn't really smell much at all and is really clean to handle, although it costs a bit more than traditional rosin/pitch. Thanks for asking. That's a journey I feel only just starte
  6. I was specifically focusing on getting as clean a ground as I could this time around, as I had not done a satisfactory job before (imo). I'm quite happy with the result for myself but It's really nice when connoisseurs also appreciate it Thank you for the kind words and the suggestions!
  7. Beautiful! Nice, I will try a ring mandrel next time! In the past, I've used a stake I made, which has this flaring built-in (seen below in one of my ill-fated attempts, before I switched to soldering at the machi). This worked well on my previous piece, though not as pronounced as the examples you gave: But as you noticed, it didn't work so well this time, where my fuchi is mostly parallel. I'm hoping the ring mandrel lets me control this better, thank you for suggesting it. Similarly, my kashira is lacking a subtle curve at the bott
  8. Thanks, that makes sense. Even though it's still a fairly soft alloy, I've had the same thing happen to me twice on a shibuichi fuchi (though maybe the real reason is my lack of soldering skills ). I figured I'd try it this way again as this is the way I was shown; I was ready to see it fail but with copper, that worked out nicely.
  9. Thank you all for the very kind words, I'm glad you like it! This is using panels, but my previous blades did not, they were all using full wraps. On this one I used panel because I had a piece of very small same that I had been keeping for a while, which had very small nodes that were appropriate for a tanto. Unfortunately the skin was too narrow for a full wrap. I do wish I had made the panels slightly larger, as they do peek a tiny bit through the ito Agreed that on a larger blade I would prefer to to go with full wraps. In fact for any blade that is going
  10. Wow, just wow... that is magnificent! Truly beautiful work.
  11. Hi everyone, I just finished a tanto I had been working on for the last 3 weeks . The blade is W2, uchi-sori with a 7 1/2" nagasa, and the fittings are copper with shibuichi inlays. Here are the photos of the build: Profiling: Hardening: Polished: Now for the part that's really time consuming, the fittings: For this blade, I decided on a ginkgo leaf theme, a symbol of pe
  12. Congratulations! Nicely done, those are gorgeous
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