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hey everybody

been a while since i did anything big. and this blade as been almost finished for a long time, and been collecting dust. so i thought i would pull it out and finish it up.

 

it is a san mai blade with cable damascus on either side of 1095. The blade is aggressively distal tapered which makes is lighting fast and light in the hand. it is a slim package;a small wakizashi. Kind of a macho tanto or a girly wak. The fittings are all copper and old wrought iron. it will be getting a light colored silk wrap to go with the tiger maple saya. i haven't fully polished the blade yet but it should have a very interesting hamon.

 

here it is as it was when i got it off the shelf

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making fittings:

 

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and where we stand now:

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i would really appreciate your opinions.

thanks

~chris

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That is gorgeous work!

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WOW I love those lines, it's gonna look great no matter how you finnish it! I gotta ask one thing, how's the tang held in place? I dont seen a pin

 

thanks very much! it is my favorite sword so far, and very usable; not unwieldy in any way. as for the pin you are right. there will be a pin either bamboo or brass. but as i havent totally finalized the fittings i havent drilled it yet. i drill through the handle then the blade.

thanks for looking!

~Chris

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a red stain on the curly maple would look amazing...

 

i may use some gun stock finish on it to give it a brownish color. is that what you were taking about?

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Welcome back, Chris!

 

Looking good.

 

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thanks! it is good to be back. Finishing up the motorcycle project and hitting knives again. it is nice to have the wife complain about my dirty fingernails again. lol.. and the cuts.. i missed all the cuts.

 

 

very modern looking! i would love to own such a piece one day. its urban sword to me :-)

 

thanks! I wouldnt have thought of it as modern, but then i i have a biased viewpoint. One of these days i am going to keep one of these... but i make em and sell them. they just collect dust on my shelf as i am not a practitioner in and martial arts.

 

 

it is really nice to get back in the flow of knives and see what everyone has been doing. yall have been busy and better than ever!

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Man, please dont stain that pretty maple! It looks great already, and its good to see you back. You make some good stuff.

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I am on the fence about the saya. either way it will be getting a high gloss coat.

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How did you do your stippling? Just a thin, round-nosed punch?

 

i used a very find round burr in my dremel tool

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i used a very find round burr in my dremel tool

 

I wonder if a stippling punch would work? Probably not, as it would displace and deform the copper. Main reason I wondered is because I still have a stippling punch from my days as a Gunsmith.

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I wonder if a stippling punch would work? Probably not, as it would displace and deform the copper. Main reason I wondered is because I still have a stippling punch from my days as a Gunsmith.

 

i would assume it would work, and i think it was also used to work harden the copper to toughen it up.. however it would need to be done carefully, as you said it can deform the copper. but i just dont have one... so this is what i did. did you make guns or work on them?

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About 20 years ago, I was a gunsmith on the side. I mainly built IPSC style "Race Guns". On a 1911 Colt based race gun for example, I would often stipple the smooth steel on front of the magazine well for a better grip on the gun. Some people also preferred stippling, rather than checkering on the grips of both semi-auto's and revolvers. Some factory rifles come with stippling as well, like in the palm-swell area of an Anschutz Biathlon rifle.

 

When the Brady Bill passed, the BATF made it a PITA to keep a FFL, and also tripled the price. You can work on your own guns all you want, but when you're working on other peoples guns, you are required to have an FFL. I never made much money doing it anyway, so it wasn't worth the hassle of keeping the license. Personally, I think they did some of it on purpose, just to keep the "little guys" like me from holding an FFL.

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Looks great Chris can't wait to see the finished polish. I really like that saya.

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