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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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Not the greatest pics. but im pretty happy with it. 

Aldo W2 with satanite and a canola quench.  The person who wants this one wanted it slightly darker so I didnt go full in on the polish. 

 

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I've been working on a few kitchen knives for the upcoming show this month and tried a little etching on one of the smaller blades today. I did two 10-minutes vinegar etches, followed by a 10-minute FeCl etch. I probably could have gotten more activity from a finer grit and more etching, but here it is.

 

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Here is all 5 I have been working on. All are 1095 clayed with Rutlands Furnace Cement. Blades are approximately 6-8 inches long.

 

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My first knife that is worthy of a handle. Didn’t know what I was getting into when I decided to do a hamon with 1095. Its a lot of work but it’s worth it. Reminds me of dark rain clouds in this pic. Thanks to people in forums like this I had a clue.

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got a pretty nice hamon on these tow. although i did pick up some artifact on the bigger one, maybe the clay popped off a little there or something :huh:

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Here's another one, in 26c3 this time. The steel is a bit more shallow hardening than I expected. The hamon showed up lower than my clay with a spot pretty close to the edge. Probably too much atp-641 on that area. I had also lowered the aus temp by a few degrees and it could be the culprit. 

 

A bit more work will be required to clean some areas I believe.

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Greetings All,

 

This was my first attempt at a hamon, from January this year -  a 1095 boner with stabilised Swamp Kauri scales. 

I was pretty happy with the outcome but will change things up a bit next time to hopefully get more activity.

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59 minutes ago, AJ Prime said:

1095 boner

Nice knife and first hamon. And that checkering is very clean!

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On 1/12/2020 at 9:55 AM, Joël Mercier said:

Here's another one, in 26c3 this time. The steel is a bit more shallow hardening than I expected. The hamon showed up lower than my clay with a spot pretty close to the edge. Probably too much atp-641 on that area. I had also lowered the aus temp by a few degrees and it could be the culprit. 

I think that came out great looking. I wouldn't worry about that spot by the edge. The steel will still get plenty sharp. Where do you get that 26c3?

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7 hours ago, Joshua States said:

I think that came out great looking. I wouldn't worry about that spot by the edge. The steel will still get plenty sharp. Where do you get that 26c3?

AKS, but they don't stock thicknesses useful for forging :unsure:. It's probably a bit tricky to forge anyway...

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