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  1. Hello I wanted to know if anyone knows how to get the scratches out of my katana and see the hamon again? Note i only speak english with translator
  2. Hello all, I have been studying most aspects of Katana making for about 8 years now, and have been using them as a martial artist long before that. I have just now got the guts to try my hand, and as I attained so much valuable information from this forum I figured it was the least I could do to give a little back by documenting my progress here. First I would like to show a process I've used to analyze swords digitally. I use Google Sketchup to do this. I import images (finding good images is half the battle) after turning on high resolution in sketchup, then scale it to size based off of the nagasa measurement. Then I can trace the edges with curve tools, which allows me to analyze the radius of every part of the blade. Here are a couple of the Sue Bizen katana I studied for this project. This coupled with a lot of reading on the shapes and characteristics of katana at the time period I was looking at allowed me to come up with my own plan for a sword that fits this style. The curve of a katana is not defined by a single radius, but several. The most important 2 are the main curve along most the length, and the heightened curve along the first 5ish inches from the machi (often the term fumbari is used here, which is confusing because that can also relate to taper in width overall and not this specific area, correct me if I'm wrong?). From studying many swords I have found that the smaller radius in the first 5ish inches is almost always very close to half the radius of the larger one. Making me think that exactly half is what they went for. The next couple photos will hopefully make sense of what I am talking about. Two circles, one of 100" radius, one of 50" radius Zoomed in, 3 sections created. Where the circles meet, 5" before, and 21.5" after. A little trimming and here is the final desired spine curvature (the only change later will be the kissaki, which curves slightly up) From here I can add my desired blade widths from my 3 major points. The first 5" contains about 1/3rd the overall taper from machi to yokote. I can also use a geometrical shape to consistently lay out my shinogi. The main curve on the ha mimics the radius of the main curve of the mune, and the curve in the fumbari area is a tangent to this and is usually in between the radius of the the large and small circle Once I had all this worked out, I needed to create a sunobe that would turn into that shape once the bevels are formed. This is actually fairly simple. The sunobe is straight and curve comes from forging the bevels or quench, so make everything straight and add or subtract curve where you want more or less in the final shape. In this case, I left everything straight in the sunobe except the first 4-5 inches on the mune which will have a slight radius already, accounting for the non-even taper. After a lot of back and forth forging, drawing out more and cutting back down due to lack of experience, here is my rough sunobe made from Aldo's 1075
  3. Howdy to y'all. Last month I got to follow my wife to Tokyo, for a big tennis tournament, as she works for the WTA. So, what can a bladesmith do in Tokyo?... Needless to say, I caught the train and went to the Token Japanese Museum. Oh, well, I couldn't take pictures in the exhibit and I am still crying for that because there was a temporary display of the Masatsune workshop and his students... Well, I suffered from Stendhal Syndrome and almost cried in front of a tsuba on which waves were carved with such a grace and, yet, powerful and dynamic that the richness of golden pheasants and colored flowers on other fittings paled to its comparison. Anyway, I could take pictures, instead, in the Tokyo National Museum so, pictures of Katanas and fittings will come later, when I will have time to upload pics from my camera. For the moment...
  4. So I have been out of sorts as of late and I have been feeling wore out from working on customer blades and just trying to be happy about what I do. So I decided to do my first, what I want to call a true Japanese katana using no mechanical means at all. So here is the first in a series of videos on the forging of my first Oroshigane / Tamahagane Katana the billet was made for me by Ilya of the Baltimore Knife Works thanks Ilya Forging the Sunobe https://youtu.be/XbYwVvc9g_A Forging the Nakago https://youtu.be/YtkFOLJVmcQ Forging the Mune Part 1 https://youtu.be/2iFweAXn0Tk Part 2 https://youtu.be/JTCZCPc3bj0 Part 3 https://youtu.be/hQbmxIweYY4 Part 4 https://youtu.be/6v-bBIjIirE
  5. I have no idea where to post this. If any of the moderators would like to move it, feel free. I was visiting a friend last week and he pointed out his Del Cheapo Daisho on display in his office. He admited they were not that great. Then from behind the office door, he brought out his other katana. He told me his father paid 30.00 for it in a pawn shop, but other than that, he didn't know much about it. I examined it, and the more I looked, the more I liked. It's a typical size, fairly thick blade, folded steel, and a genuine hamon. Real ray skin and leather wrapping on the tsuka. With the little bit I know (and I mean LITTLE), I could tell this was not a replica, and certainly no United Cutlery piece of crap. It's a serious piece of work. I have a Hanwei katana that I love, and this sword outclassed it by light years. He showed me a certificate that came with it, but it was all in Japanese, which neither one of us read. I didn't think to take any pictures of it at the time, but I'm sure I can get some from him. Is there anyone who can translate the certificate if I can get a picture of it? Buck
  6. Japanese Sword Events featuring Fusataro, a Kanefusa family style Japanese master sword smith We will be creating a variety of Japanese sword events and opportunities for the North American public to interact with Fusataro, a 25th generation Kanefusa sword smith from Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Fusataro, will be coming to the United States and Canada for the months of September, October and November of 2013 for a variety of events ranging from presentations, courses and demonstrations. Please take a look at our Events Calendar for full detail, location and registration. http://tamahagane.com/events/ If you would like to invite Fusataro to an event of your own or schedule an interview, please contact us to discuss. info@tamahagane.com For more information about Fusataro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Uq7kRNUp_U&feature=share&list=UU3zYFlUJJLz1L3N35Jq4xMQ
  7. Some samples of Fusataro at work to promote his stay in North America starting Sept. 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Uq7kRNUp_U&feature=share&list=UU3zYFlUJJLz1L3N35Jq4xMQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxzz-R-xHtQ&feature=share&list=UU3zYFlUJJLz1L3N35Jq4xMQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHYIudEx1BM&feature=share&list=UU3zYFlUJJLz1L3N35Jq4xMQ
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