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Brian Myers

Sign of a master smith!

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I was watching Expedition Unknown and he was searching for the Hanjo Masamune. He visited a forge to watch the process. At one point it shows the smith holding a billet of tamahagane while his apprentices did the striking. When one of the apprentices hit the billet, a ball of sparks the size of a basketball hit the smith right under the chin...didn't even flinch, just kept directing the strikers.

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Bet he didn't have eye protection, either....the rice straw bundle is for diverting most of the flux spray, but how many have been blinded no one knows?

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Nope, just the traditional white clothing. I remember the first time I tried pattern welding and a tiny little shower of sparks shot out because I had the metal too hot. I acted like a grenade had dropped at my feet lol.

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