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Working Overtime - Katana

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I hardened my first Katana tonight, and it came out BEAUTIFULLY

 

First the Heat Treat Process:

 

This is a long blade for me, 28" with a pretty good bit of curve too

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Hmmm, just a wee bit longer than my forge

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OK, maybe a good bit longer than my forge

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some really nice Action shots

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Going into the Quench oil (Parks #50)

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Check to see if it's still straight. When you first quench it, if you time it well,

you will have a few seconds to tweak little bends back into place before it REALLY hardens.

Then it's harder to get bends out of the blade.

 

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Hmmm, seems it's too long for my fancy tempering oven as well.......

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Then some rough polish shots to show of the Hamon a little bit:

 

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It's been a LONG evening for me, I'm relaxin with a glass of 12 year old Mcallen scotch, I think I've earned it.

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Stephen,

That is tremendous! The next time you go through a process like that I'd love to be a spectator, if it won't cramp your style or mood.

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Stephen,

That is tremendous! The next time you go through a process like that I'd love to be a spectator, if it won't cramp your style or mood.

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Stephen, AMAZING! What curvature effects (if any) did you get from the park's, did it straighten a bit or curve a bit more?

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looks very good!

the hamon is really promising-

I wish you a lot of patience for the polishing-job!

 

gerhard

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Way to go.

Did you get measuments of the sori before and after the oil quench?

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Way to go.

Did you get measuments of the sori before and after the oil quench?

 

 

1.5" of Sori precurve

 

1.125" finished Sori

 

I was really expecting it to straighten more, oh well

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Congrats on doing the first long one. Size does matter!

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Lookin good Stephen. Can't wait to see you finish it. One of these days I need to forge a sword lenght object.

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tehehe ... love the pic of the blade peeking out of the oven .. :)

 

its looking very neato ..

i too cant wait for the finished product.

 

do you have a plan yet for how you are going to finish etc?

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Awsome! Keep up the good work! And show us more man!

Seriously, that looks really good.

Larry

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The 3rd picture needs a couple big eyeballs added to it, looks like a big round fish eating soemthing like an eel

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That looks great! I am patiently waiting my turn at that. Beautiful hamon though. Nice work. As said before neato!! I'd like to see the finished product.

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