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You sure? Take a look at 3:00 and 3:30 in the first video. When he is heating it up to quench it looks like they switched to charcoal.

Willman

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Some of those closeups didn't look like charcoal to me, either. Not sticky enough for coal, though. Coke might be a good guess, although I would think it might be kind of expensive, what with needing to import it and all.

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Willman,

Yeah I see what you mean ... but then in the same vid just before that at 2:38 he is loading a big chunk of charcoal that hasn't been broken up yet... and in the second video there is a good shot where you can see the layers in the individual chunks... I suppose they could be using a mix... what I have always read is that they used charcoal in the past ..

 

But some of the close ups do look like coke... but the flame looks like charcoal... Anybody speak Japanese that could say whether they mention what kind of fuel is being used?

 

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Willman,

Yeah I see what you mean ... but then in the same vid just before that at 2:38 he is loading a big chunk of charcoal that hasn't been broken up yet... and in the second video there is a good shot where you can see the layers in the individual chunks... I suppose they could be using a mix... what I have always read is that they used charcoal in the past ..

 

Dick

 

 

Dick,

 

It looks like they are welding with coke and taking charcoal from the wooden box for heat treating.

Jan

 

To those who posted this and other videos on this thread...thank you, "seeing" really made some important connections regarding the process.

Jan

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:blink: Mind=blown.... thanks for sharing these videos. No more complaining that I don't have this-or-that piece of equipment (except possibly a team of three strikers who were around before the first hammer ;) ). The precision of the forging embarrasses me :unsure:

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A quiet person will perish ~ Basotho Proverb

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Wow, totally excellent. Quality entertainment. I'm intrigued by that flux, too. Sure looks like it makes welding that hammer face easier.

 

Not that I could make that saw, but I hate to think what I'd have to charge for it if I did... it's magnificent.

Please come and waste some otherwise perfectly good time, looking at my knives!

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