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First San Mai is dry welded hand forged 15n20 core and 1084 jacket. OAL is approximately 8.5” with a stag and quarter mokume handle. It has a threaded butt cap nut and GFlex epoxy.

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Second San Mai is dry welded and hand forged 1084 core with 15n20 jacket. OAL is approximately 14”.  The handle is stacked Ebony and leather with a wrought guard and pommel. The pommel was tapped for threaded and GFlex epoxy construction.

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Yes I did ferric the followed with coffee and a lite hand buff with Turtle wax chrome polish.

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I tried to be cautious and would etch from time to time to keep track of where my core was.B087A4FB-7FD4-4AB9-B901-AC2A278902D4.jpeg

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Did you forge to shape, or forge just to a bar then stock removal?  When I tried to forge to shape I found I had trouble keeping the core centered.  This process really exposes how much my strikes are different from one side to the other.  I  had to just forge to flat bar/spatula shape then stock removal, checking for core centering as I went.

Your choice of materials sure created a stark contrast.  Great experiment, and good job.

 

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After talking to and taking the advice of a an experienced smith, whom I’ve taken a couple of classes with, I did minimal forging to shape and more stock removal on these. I’d say forged to about 60%, just a general profile and tang with slight bevels.

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