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Finished.

Whetstone shirabiki with suji(toxic whetstone lines)

Maybe I should call this "suji-to shirabiki" if that makes sense in japanese.

The suji lines are sterling silver wire.


The end piece is a bronze silver alloy I cast into cuttlefish bone,

threaded and brazed on, it's was engraved to look like the chiseled surface of a japanese whetstone.

 

The piece is forged from German butter iron and laminated 100Cr6 steel.
The ura(hollow back) was cut and finished with sen.

 

Finally the piece was sharpened with uchigumori and Nakayama kiita for the final polish.

 

This piece is true-hand crafted.
0% machines ever touched it.

 

It is by no means perfect and there are things I wish would've turned out better.
I'd give it 3-4th place.
 

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Pardon my complete ignorance, but I know nothing about Japanese blade smithing. What is that for? One end looks like a chisel head. Is the other end something other than the end you hit with a hammer? 

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20 hours ago, Joshua States said:

Pardon my complete ignorance, but I know nothing about Japanese blade smithing. What is that for? One end looks like a chisel head. Is the other end something other than the end you hit with a hammer? 

oh nono, thats not for striking. its a small marking knife ;P
shirabiki are usually found as the partner to the kiridashi, 

the shirabiki can do small pairing work, which is a bit difficult with the kiridashi blade(which can do carving better tho)

but both are generally under the category of marking knives and are mainly seen, used as such.
the end piece is purely ornamental
 

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