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Now those are some very interesting hammons. You should post your process on how you can get that design into them.

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Now those are some very interesting hammons. You should post your process on how you can get that design into them.

 

 

hi john,

 

it`s no special process...

 

the first hamon:

clay as usual,

heated to hardening- temp in my gasforge, temperature- controll on sight,

quenched in oil (70°C) handfinished to 1200,

etched in citrus-acid.

 

the two others:

clay as usual,

heated in my hardening-oven to the lowest hardening-temp, 10 min soaking time,

quenched in brine ( 70°C) max 7 sec!!!!!!,

then in oil(70°)

handfinished with abrasive-paper to 1200,

then handpolished with cromepolish and other abrasives...

some light etches in citrus-acid,

fine hand finish with metall-polish.

 

gerhard

Edited by wieland

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Some old pictures:

 

Left: C45 water quenched but I think, the blade is too soft for using...

Right: CK75 water quenched (first attempt) with seven cracks... :angry:

 

tanto4575.jpg

 

 

The right broken one and the second attempt CK75 in warm water and different clay application (see also this thread first page):

 

tantoab.jpg

 

 

 

And one little kogatana from CK75 water quenched:

 

kogatana_01.jpg

 

 

On Wednesday I will try to quench a blade from C105 in oil - if it works I will supply you with more hamon... :P

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It has been a while since any one has posted on this thread.

 

So I know there are some new hammons out there please post them.

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Sam I so glad you could post on this thread, I have been waiting for you do you first hammon, and I love it and I want to see it fully completed.

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Sam I am curious about you sword making setup and what you do to get things going, any feedback would be helpful on this as i am gearing up to do my first katana soon.

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Gerhard, are your 1.1545 blades oil quenched?

I will try one blade from 1.1545 in oil the next days but I'm not sure how thick the coating should be.

I suppose I've made it too thick the last time because the hamon did't follow the border and was too near to the edge...

 

John, I hope I can post new hamon the next days:-)

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andi,

some of my 1545- blades are oil-quenched,

some are interrupted quenched- first water, then oil-

but there is a BIG risk to loose the blade...

don`t try it, because I said so...!!!

 

my coating is approx. 3 mm thick.

 

regards

 

gerhard

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very coool thread

 

must have popped up during my sabatical and thanks to whoever revived it

 

here's a hamon in .....

 

MushyBushy.jpg

 

 

wait for it ....

 

 

 

 

 

O1

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some of my 1545- blades are oil-quenched,

some are interrupted quenched- first water, then oil-

but there is a BIG risk to loose the blade...

don`t try it, because I said so...!!!

 

Thanks - I will go the safe way (according to the slogan "Use Oil and you won't 'heul'...";-)

 

This blade was made few weeks ago from CK75, oil quenched, quick polished & etched to locate the hamon.

Unfortunately the line is nearer to the edge as it was wanted.

When you look (in the middle of the blade) from the edge to the back you can first see the hamon line, followed by darker steel. Then starts a diffuse white area which starts where the border of the clay coating was.

 

CK75_Oil_01.jpg

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Made by Jesus Hernandez some time ago....

 

 

Hi George. I had forgoteen about that tanto. You did an outstanding polish on it. Mountings next... ?

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Hi George. I had forgoteen about that tanto. You did an outstanding polish on it. Mountings next... ?

 

WOW! That's an amazing hamon Jesus!!!

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I am amazed at the hammons I am seeing. Jesus some day I would like to get together with you, so I can learn some things from you. Actually I would love to get together with a few of you guys to learn some things from.

 

Here are a few I did over the past few months.

 

The first is some W-2, clay coated and water quenched

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second is 1095 clay coated and hot water quenched

 

 

 

 

 

I like W-2 a whole lot more. The hammons are way more active than 1095, but the second knife proves me wrong as it has a ton of activity in it.

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Jesus - That little tanto is full of activity! It doesn't show in the picture, but there is faint utsuri. I do plan to make the mountings for it...hopefully it doesn't take much time as it took me to get the polishing started.

 

John - this post is so full of eye candy, including your blades. Thanks for sharing, and keep up the great work.

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