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Finished this one and it's ready to ship out. I just need to take some good photos this weekend.

8" by 2" clayed 1095 blade. Water buffalo horn bolster, stainless steel spacer and Buckeye burl handle with nickel-silver pin.

This is the best Hamon I have ever gotten out of 1095 steel.

As always, comments and criticism is welcome.

 

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20 hours ago, Carlos Lara said:

I agree, that hamon's amazing. Any tips for getting it so good?

I fear there is more art than science to hamon production. I have been wrestling with it for years now and it was always hit and miss for a long time. 

This is the best I have had so far in terms of activity. Here is my process after a few years of trying different things.

I finish sanding to 220 grit before applying the clay. I use two different clays in my process now, satanite and something I mixed up with some red oxide cement color and some boric acid powder. I also harden on the low temp side around 1450F. Quench in Parks 50 oil with no interruption just straight in and bob it up & down.

Hardness chisels after quench said the edge was harder than 64 HRC. Tempered back to 61 HRC.

Here is the clay for this blade.

 

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Clayed 2.jpg

 

Mare than that, I cannot say.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Nice, thanks! That's pretty clever, and I would wager it's pretty close to what many Japanese smiths use. At least, they use some kind of grey clay mixture on the edge side, a red clay mixture for the rest of the blade. Filing that away for the future!

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Also heat cycle your blades to decrease the size of the grains.  The smaller the grains the less deeply the steel will harden.

 

Doug

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