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awesome video. such awful pings.

-Joe

 

"If you do not pursue a genuine path to its consummation, then a little bit of crookedness will later turn into a major warp." -Miyamoto Musashi

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Jake,

 

It has a little tiny bit of curvature. Something between 1/8 and 1/4 of an inch. Imperceptible in the photos. It just turned out that way.

I am getting used to a new setup in the new shop and for somethings like heat treating, it's a bit like starting over to fine tune the variables.

 

As for the mune-yaki. I don't seem to run into any issues with those. The grinder does not care whether the steel is hard or soft. I use a block of steel tapered at an angle and set on a rest on the grinder to guide the blade when I grind the mune. I grind up to 220 and after that is by hand with hard-backed (steel stick) polishing paper.

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Oh, the sinking feeling I got hearing those pings... :blink::(

 

Nice editing to avoid the sounds that no doubt came from you immediately afterwards. ;) Do you reflexively curse in Spanish? I ask because I sometimes use German, it's such an eloquent language for cursing.

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that habaki really reminds me of the good old Thundercats cartoons :)

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Ruben - That was what I thought too! :)

 

Awesome work.

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I had to look up Thundercats to see what you meant. Not having grown up here I missed a few things along the way...

 

The blade shape is called hira-zukuri (otherwise translated as "flat" ). There are different shapes of Japanese blades: shinogi-zukuri (the one with the ridge line) being the most common. Bo-hi (grooves) are not mandatory on every Japanese blade either. ;)

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