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  1. Double Twist Seax I’ve been sneaking in some morning practice before work this week. So far this week I was able to prep some previously forged out 10 layers stacks. I twisted two 8 inch bars and stacked them between some wrought iron from old wagon wheels. Then I welded those bars with the 1095 edge bar together with a handle for ease of forging. Next I forge welded that whole set together. That’s a fun and tricky process. The hard part is keeping the temperature consistent throughout the whole piece since the wrought iron needs to be worked at a temperature where carbon steel can burn up. However, I was able to get a good weld. I checked this by grinding out the side topography and concentrating on any potential problems. I did have to take one side pretty low for a weird twist flaw so I will have to take care not to thin that section out any further during the remainder of the process. Once the bar is solidly welded and ground, I was able to forge the blade profile. I started with the edge profile working up to the point. This “pushes” steel up the edge into the tip which helps make it protrude further. I did do a little grinder clean up on that, more will be required soon. Next I used a handmade tool to help me forge in the tang. The tool I use sure does make it much faster to forge a tang than just using a hammer. As you can see the pattern is starting to show a little bit through the scale and it looks pretty good. I still need to do the final profiling and straightening before I do a grind then heat treat and final grind. If I get some time this weekend I may just be able to make that happen. My fingers are crossed. Follow this build on my blog here.
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