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a little bit closer................have to improve my skill in polishing and in make pictures.

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My latest, a W1 integral. I've been really enjoying the process of producing a hamon, and refining my technique aiming for better results each time.

Hi guys, lovely thread.   Heres one of my favourite hamons I made a few months back.    Steel is 125SC.   Jelle

Finished the W2 Camphor burl fighter.  I found that after 2000 grit sanding, liquid bar keepers friend brought out the hamon nicely after hand rubbing for 20 minutes then a quick buffing.

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Old blade that I was testing out Hamon creation. This is my first attempt and success with a hamon. Blade was an old Black Diamond File (Back when I was recycling these things. I now buy actual known stock), said to be most similar to W1. This was also the first blade I had ever forged. It is tanto-esque minus the tang (which will recieve some TLC). Blade has only been hand sanded up to 1500 grit. Am currently awaiting an order of micro-mesh from 2000 grit to 12,000 grit, and some 5-micron aluminum oxide powder to help bring out the grain. I used a few cycles of Vinegar and Lemon Juice to see what I had got. Was honestly surprised that it worked considering my clay did not fully dry before cure, even after being in a dehydrator for 4 straight days (It bubbled in several spots). To the oven they will go next time. Alright enough of that. Here ya go.

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Very nice Daniel!!

 

Depending on the clay you're using, a little bubbling is ok. When I use satanite, I don't bother with drying, and have no problems with the clay sticking (as long as the blade was clean!). It sometimes comes off in the quench with brine, but it hasn't affected my pattern. With Rutlands I don't bother with drying either, and I have to knock it off post quench before I can straighten.


Again, great work! Welcome to the wonderfully frustrating world of differential hardening lol.

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sweet

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taking pictures of hamon can be as hard as making them!

this is the hamon on my new 1095 nakiri -- doesn't look like much under incandescent light, but it really pops out here under fluorescent and shows the utsuri that fomed above the hamon.

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Hi all,

here are a one of mine for the record. quenched on water, the first is oroshigane, hardened without clay, starts as strong sunagashi, and then changes to sweeping nie, appolagise for the picture quality, is difficult to photograph.

regards Andy

 

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