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A few things I have been working on

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So I have been out of sorts as of late and I have been feeling wore out from working on customer blades and just trying to be happy about what I do.


So I decided to do my first, what I want to call a true Japanese katana using no mechanical means at all.


So here is the first in a series of videos on the forging of my first Oroshigane / Tamahagane Katana the billet was made for me by Ilya of the Baltimore Knife Works thanks Ilya


Forging the Sunobe




Forging the Nakago




Forging the Mune


Part 1 https://youtu.be/2iFweAXn0Tk


Part 2 https://youtu.be/JTCZCPc3bj0


Part 3 https://youtu.be/hQbmxIweYY4


Part 4 https://youtu.be/6v-bBIjIirE

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John - good to see you back here. You should check in here more often. You are missed.


I applaud the project. I don't know when, but some day I am going to make a Japanese style blade without mechanical aids. However, you and I both know that they had apprentices with huge forging hammers, and the smiths just tapped out the rhythm.


Or water wheels.


But, that was more China.


Anyway, thanks for the vids. Keep posting, man.



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OK, I feel really, really small now.......

Holy Cow man! Where did you get that anvil? What does that thing weigh?

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Thanks Kevin I am very busy in my shop and I have reached a point in my forging of Japaneses style blades that I now want to understand how to make my own steel and that I want to see if plain carbon steel and iron are any better than the commercial W2 that I use. Yes apprentices we very valuable however my apprentice has other duties that he has to learn. LOL


Joshua that anvil is a 300 lbs Saw makers Anvil that I traded for 4 Katana which I am still working on.


That beast took two of us to lift and get it set on the current platform it is on. It has excellent rebound and zero ring about a solid as you can get.


I plan to post some of my more recent pieces. I even made my own pattern welded steel, took me three months to make it but it is awesome and the pattern is perfect for what I am doing.

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dang that anvil is huge!

Yeah, I want one!


BTW John, I love your quote/signature. Watching that scene from Conan the Barbarian was one of the seminal moments of my youth.

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