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I just finished this one a few days ago. I forged two blades at the same time, roughly the same size and they came out almost exactly the same.  Yet different. Hm. That's the cool thing about hand work -- even when you try to make things the same, they end up having a different character every time.

It's forged from W2, 13.5 inches blade length, total length 18-ish.

If you're interested in watching a little Youtube vid (complete with cheesy free download music) about it that has a few more pictures, you can find it at: http://youtu.be/Xqt-ssZ_0os.

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Check out Walter's instructional videos:

Forging Japanese Style Blades

Making Hamons

Japanese Sword Mounting


Making Japanese Sword Fittings

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Nice! It's true what you say about no two being exactly the same...keeps things interesting!

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She is a graceful, lovely blade. Though I appreciate a flashy over-the-top hamon, I love the simplicity and purity of this one...

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walter, your blades never disappoint. Nice lines, good proportions, excellent polish and hamon. Every time (at least by the time you show them to us). That is seriously impressive. They don't look exactly alike, but they share the same birth process. Hope you had a good time making them.


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Walter, love the Hamon, wispy like steam coming off water! Very fine!

A bad day forging... is still better than pretty much anything else

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