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Jesus Hernandez

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Looks fantastic.

George Ezell, bladesmith

" How much useful knowledge is lost by the scattered forms in which it is ushered to the world! How many solitary students spend half their lives in making discoveries which had been perfected a century before their time, for want of a condensed exhibition of what is known."

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very nice, did you carve the handle yourself, alot of different skills needed for this piece.

"One who is samurai must before all things" Keep constantly in mind, by day and by night. the fact that he has to die...


-Dai Doji Yuzon-

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This is good work!

I like how you made all components except the blade out of organic material. The way you make blade and grip meet and combine influences in style and decoration, makes for a unique piece of eclectic style. It does show restrain somehow, even though there is much flamboyant expression.

The Hamon is incredible. Very well made and well chosen.

Only thing I am not 100% sure about is the whip cord binding of the scabbard, but that is juts personal taste (I do not know what I would have chosen. Something more "silent", whatever that could have been?)

In all a wonderful combination of Pacific, Japanese and ancient European/Eurasian.


Thank you for sharing work that express such skill and inspiration!

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Stunning. I agree there certainly appears to be a major time investment. It was well worth the effort. Im having trouble find the right adjectives to describe it. Beautiful work Jesus.

Larry Sharp

When the world ends, I want to be in Kentucky because they are 25 years behind everybody else. Mark Twain


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Wow. Beautiful, love it.

Ben Potter Bladesmith



It's not that I would trade my lot

Or any other man's,

Nor that I will be ashamed

Of my work torn hands-


For I have chosen the path I tread

Knowing it would be steep,

And I will take the joys thereof

And the consequences reap.

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Thank you every one for your comments.


This blade and its concept represents the exploration of a new venue, another step forward in the learning process and a departure from some of my old ways.


The concept developed as a result of an interest in the form and function of an antique Iberian blade, the falcata. This is my first step in the forging of this recurved blade. The curvature was forged in and then the water quench moved the tip of the blade up. I wanted a bold and striking hamon that will immediately draw attention to the blade.


The handle itself represents the exploration of a new process for me. By that I refer to carving. Although I have done some stylistic carving in handles before, I had never approached the more realistic carving of a form before. In this case, the animal form. I made three handles out of alder in order to see what I will eventually do in the final handle.


The scabbard is made of stained curly maple. I wanted the right coloring of the wood to fit the rest of the blade and that took trial and error through different chemical and pigment-based stains until I found what I was looking for. The rim of the wood was completed by (what seemed to me to be a never ending) weaving of a single thread of leather.


Everything about this project was time comsuming but I appreciated every minute I had to work on it. I found something clearer in my understanding of why I do what I do in the making of this blade.

Enjoy life!

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...*faints* Hot DAMN that's sexy!!!!!!!

My life is like shaving with a razor sharp machete. It's a bit awkward and I feel a sting every now and then, but in the end I'm happy with the results.

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Now we know where you've been the last few months. That is really, realy, well done. I feel so left behind by you and the other excellent craftsmen we have here. Just imagining it in the first place must require a state of mind that I haven't achieved yet.


I'd love to hold that thing, and feel the swing. It wants to cut, doesn't it?

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Christopher Price, Bladesmith

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Hi Jesus,


There's a couple of spots that remind me of the Horsehead Nebula. Seems

appropriate considering the handle. What a beautiful piece! Congratulations

on a masterful work.



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