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I let a couple of friends convince me that it would be a quick job to put a dragon on a dao.

It was hardened already, and it is made of modern steel. It must have had a bit of chromium in it, with the carbides. This took forever.

But, it came out ok. I am not the world's best engraver/carver. But, I really enjoy this sort of work. Be gentle. 

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“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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Kevin.

 Think you captured the line of the dragon …. Nice….and the background looks consistent also… are you doing an patina to it?

 

you have come a long way since i last saw you at Ashokan …. 

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Dick - it is good to hear from you! Man... the Chinese style didn't do as much patination in the later years and the customer doesn't want me to. Or, didn't want me to. I wanted to at least darken the background and the lines somewhat but it is his sword. This wasn't a custom piece I made, I just did this for a friend on his sword. I really wanted to go black on the cutaway and stippled part and then something like liver of sulphur on the dragon. I don't know any complex patina recipes. 

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“Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” E. V. Debs

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I was wondering why you didn't darken the ground...  That explains a lot, thanks!  And good to see you back here!  I think you did a great job, especially around the edges of the ground where it meets the blade.  VERY clean lines.  Bravo!

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