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Well I have a few stones coming to me. And I just bought a new camera so I will have some photos for you guys tomorrow.

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Well here is an update with new pictures of the katana

 

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And yes I got a new digital camera and I love it

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Excellent work.

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NICE work!

i have always wanted to try stones.. but dont have any big enough *grins*

 

any news on how the hamon turned out? and did you get that graver?

 

thanks!

~chris

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Chris

 

Yes I got the graver thanks. And the hamon is wonderful Choji / Hitatsuri. I am very happy with the results. Once the stone gets here I can get the edge on and then I can start truing up the lines and get the kissaki right.

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Looking good John keep us posted. How do you like the poplar, that is what I use for all my saya.

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Actually Neil I am using Bass Wood for this one, it is pretty soft and all.

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Sorry Brad I have not been able to figure out which Tradition or ara that I forged it in. And I love the Naginata idea.

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UPDATE Well I have polished one side with a 220 stone and I have to say the hamon is everything I wanted I have Hitatsuri and a nice Choji hamon. My boshi is awesome and I almost have the edge geometry perfect so it will be razor sharp.

 

Her are a few shots of the blade closeup and some of the blade far off

 

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So as always please tell me what you guys think.

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Absolutely Amazing.

The pattern running down the mune gives it a lot of character.

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Thanks that is the hitatsuri part of the hamon.

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That looks great! One question though, you say that you had a little bit of warping, but that you could fix it. How did you straighten it after it was hardened? And that hamon is going to look amazing when it is fully polished!

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very very kewl.

:)

 

dont know what else to say past that.

:blink:

just too pretty

^_^

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That looks great! One question though, you say that you had a little bit of warping, but that you could fix it. How did you straighten it after it was hardened? And that hamon is going to look amazing when it is fully polished!

 

 

Well while the blade was still warm I used mt straightening jig in my vice to work the warp out. And the warp was not to bad just a slight to the right bend and I was able to fix it... You have to get the warp right after you quench and while it's temp is still over a 100 F. I hope this helps you out.

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Amazing work. I'm just curious where you got your sword sharpening from? Did you simply just watch videos and read up on it (triald and error approach), or were you taught?

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Looking good John, any idea on the type of fittings you will be using.

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Amazing work. I'm just curious where you got your sword sharpening from? Did you simply just watch videos and read up on it (triald and error approach), or were you taught?

 

 

I did trial and error and watched a bunch if vids on Youtube and bought the book on japanese sword polishing.

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Looking good John, any idea on the type of fittings you will be using.

 

 

I am going to leave the fittings up to Brian at Ronin Swords once I get the foundation polish done.

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That turned out very well, nice work. I think there is something magic about Don's W2. It has a lot of character in the grain, much more than I expected from any mono steel.

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You are right about that I have some W-1 that I will be using for a bit so we will see how that turns out.

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Further Update

 

Well I am at 800 grit in the foundation polish of this blade and I must say I am loving every detail that emerges. Here are some more pictures.

 

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Let me know what you think about my work so far

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When does the biding start on this beauty?

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The bidding will start once it is fully polished and has a full mount. So I will keep everyone posted on it's progress as we go.

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John, a question for you, do you use stones to polish? if so my question from that is would a large arkansas stone work similar to the japanese polishing stones?

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wow! thats one of the nicest blades i have seen! i especially like the nakago. its amazing that you could get such a big kissaki out of the wakizashi. its reminiscent of one I like from Walter Sorrells. keep it up =)

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