The "tamahagane" bloom in post 38 above has been cut, with great difficulty ( unquenched and hard to break under the press ). I am very content with the appearance and the spark pattern of the iron.
I am still having problems with the adherence of clay during the quench ( the welding clay sticks better than the quenching clay ) ...this will resolve itself over time.
The smelting/charcoal making season is almost here ( Dec.1 ) I want to work with some of this high carbon material prior to that time... . It is assumed I can make high carbon bloom like the one shown ( not sure)
The directly forged crucible steel ( post 39) will have to be repeated at a lower carbon level ( below 1% Carbon),...reheating to a higher temperature did remove much of that dendritic look but the steel looked blotchy.
I am having some difficulty getting my head around the role of the clay in the welding process..I recently read a description of it's role on Wikipedia and I think I do not agree with the writer's description. It would be better for me to understand why I am using clay rather than just using it.
I have found a simple blade shape and dimensions in a book ( scanned images, photographed by me ) and will attempt to copy it ( the shape that is ) by making a pattern from thin wood ( picture below ). The short blade makes sense, due to my small charcoal forge used for quenching. I will attempt that blade shape in welded high carbon as shown above, welded low carbon having carbon added in the solid state and welded bits from flattened ingots as shown in post 36 above.