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Tiger and moon friction folder WIP

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This is a follow-up to last year's "Tiger under a tree" http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=26501&hl=tiger


I found this photo of a kozuka with the same tiger, and decided there and then that it will be my next stock project.




With kozuka conforming to quite rigid dimensions (14 x 96 mm) it was a simple matter to transfer the design to a folded steel handle. Then the trouble started. It is a very shallow carving, the amount of depth one sees in the photo is only an illusion, it took me a couple of days to get the basic form ready for the inlays, and as I worked on the inlays I kept on correcting tiny mistakes.


I'm not going to bore you with the 14 in progress photos, these you can see here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+TiaanBurger/albums/6145466349135758385, I want to show you the good stuff! The two pictures show my progress as at 16h00 this afternoon, about four weeks into this project:





The handle is 14mm wide (about 9/16" for you imperialists). The base metal is mild steel, the inlays are 24K gold.


Q&C welcome.


More pics coming over the next couple of days...

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that rocks. I am pretty much floored by the amount of talent it takes to do something like that. I like it, very much.


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  • 2 weeks later...

It is done, about 20 days of work. The blade is a 1070 and K600 (A nickel steel made by Bohler) san mai with a hand rubbed finish.


Tiger and moon 14.jpg


Tiger and moon 15.jpg


Tiger and moon 16.jpg

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