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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

Hey guys! I played around with my camera and phone the other day and got some shots I quite liked of some recent and semi recent work. Hope you guys like it!       IMG_

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This is (I think) my best Hamon to date I call it the Dragon`s Head! 1084 steel ,Rutlands furnace cement, feric cloride (1 part FC 5 parts H2O) 1000 grit finish Hope you like!

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Hey guys,

 

I photographed this knife over the weekend at the Badger Knife Show in Janesville, WI. It's made by Rick Barrett and the blade is 1095 tool steel, differentially hardened with hamon. Handle is Stingray skin wrapped in a traditional cord wrap. The Kydex sheath is lined with leather on the interior for blade finish protection. Rick calls it a "Tactical Tanto".

 

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From an old file

 

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I didn't manage to show the utsuri when I reached the final stage of polishing..

 

 

This is a Aldo's W2 forged blade,first time working with that steel..

 

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Need to improve a lot.Making a blade with hamon is .....a wonderful magical world for me!!!

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Hey all. I've been fascinated by hamons recently and wanted to ask opinions on this recent "experiment" test knife I just cooked up on the forge. It's an old Nicholson file and I just threw a quick clay coat on and swirled the clay around the tips to create some ashi. Then I did a interrupted water quench. What you see is a 320g VERY rough sanded part of it. All in all, I was extremely pleased with the results as I have never gotten one to look this good (well, at least I think so =P). Funny thing is I went about this without any thought or effort.

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I got obsessed with hamon lately guys...Inspired by all of you!!

 

Here is an old file

 

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a tanto from a forged file...It cracked at the edge during quenching,but i just have to find what hamon look like..

 

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a forged Yasuki White Steel

 

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a Save Edge Farrier's Rasp in a traditional Karaculak form

 

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all quenched in lukewarm water

 

I need to improve my skills in polishing

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Theodore,

Thank you for posting that interesting study, I am sure quite a bit of time went into the project. I am curious as to which one you like the most or which steel do you see having the greatest potential for an interesting hamon. You probably have an idea as to why that blade cracked and not the others. Have you compared an oil quench to a warm water quench for any given steel?

 

In about three weeks I will be doing a similar test, let me know if you have any suggestions..I have some drill rod from before WWII ( I think ) , which is very high in carbon and should give a hamon.

 

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Theodore,

Thank you for posting that interesting study, I am sure quite a bit of time went into the project. I am curious as to which one you like the most or which steel do you see having the greatest potential for an interesting hamon. You probably have an idea as to why that blade cracked and not the others. Have you compared an oil quench to a warm water quench for any given steel?

 

In about three weeks I will be doing a similar test, let me know if you have any suggestions..I have some drill rod from before WWII ( I think ) , which is very high in carbon and should give a hamon.

 

Jan

Jan,

Here in Greece is very tricky to find good steel for hamon..So recycle old files and properly forged them is one of our sources...

From the commercial steels i have seen great results from Yasuki White Paper....What an awesome steel for hamon (and for cutlery of course)!!!

Wish I had the chance to experiment with w2...Once we manage to get some from Aldo(great gentlement!!!),but the shipping cost was too high

 

 

This Tanto blade that broke had an interesting story...

Two months earlier I forged it and then quenched it to oil

I polished the blade but the hamon was at the primary edge due to "slow" cooling ratio of olive oil i used

 

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Then i put a razor sharp edge on

 

Later on and during the procedure of making the fittings i decided to requenched the blade for hamon...

I annealed it normalize it 4 times and quenched again in hot water for 15 seconds...When i pull the blade out all seemed

to went well till a heard those dreaded pings!!! Ping ping ping....like shotgun firing..

 

I think that the very thin edge is responsible for that...

 

So to answer the question...my choice is recycling files at first and occasionally commercial steel such White Paper or 1095..

Save Edge farrier rasp and some Nicolson are suitable for the job...Try first on some file then continue to commercial

 

I experiment only with lukewarm water at this time...Once i did a water to oil quench but i think i didnt had the harness i achieve

with only water method...

 

I have lot of videos and photos for study to remember all the details of my experiments..

 

Hope this help

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Man I like the tradition looks of some if these but I love Theodore's tanto with that wild hamon pattern it's just more well evil looking to me

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After the previous failure with the quench of the Tanto i forged a new tanto blade,again from an old file...

This time i left the edge at 2 mm thickness and i tried for a gunome pattern..

 

Just after the quench in lukewarm water

 

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After polished to 3000 grit and light etch with vinegar and lemon juice..

 

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After this stage i will put a razor edge,repolish till 5000 grit and do another cycle of light vinegar-lemon juice and autosol..

 

Hamon is soooooo much fun!!

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