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Working Overtime - Katana

stephanfowler Jan 11, 2009

  1. stephanfowler

    stephanfowler knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I hardened my first Katana tonight, and it came out BEAUTIFULLY

    First the Heat Treat Process:

    This is a long blade for me, 28" with a pretty good bit of curve too
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    Hmmm, just a wee bit longer than my forge
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    OK, maybe a good bit longer than my forge
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    some really nice Action shots
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    Going into the Quench oil (Parks #50)
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    Check to see if it's still straight. When you first quench it, if you time it well,
    you will have a few seconds to tweak little bends back into place before it REALLY hardens.
    Then it's harder to get bends out of the blade.

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    Hmmm, seems it's too long for my fancy tempering oven as well.......
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    Then some rough polish shots to show of the Hamon a little bit:

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    It's been a LONG evening for me, I'm relaxin with a glass of 12 year old Mcallen scotch, I think I've earned it.
     
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  2. Markous

    Markous as a kite Brigade Member

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    I've been neglecting these maker forums for far too long. These w.i.p. shots are awesome! can't wait to see the finished product

    Enjoy the scotch it seems to be well deserved
     
  3. Mr.LaBella

    Mr.LaBella ←The № 1 Devil→ Administrator

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    OUTSTANDING Stephan Fowler, can I call you Mr. Fowler?


    Holy cow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:semper:
     
  4. artistblacksmith

    artistblacksmith The Devil's Blacksmith Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Wow, really great photos!

    Thanks for sharing them. That really must have been a challenge to move that sword back and forth so many times through your forge to get it hot and not hit the openings and thus hitting your clay; and matching the curve of the sword too!
     
  5. Peter Lezard

    Peter Lezard Hobbit of Fortune

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    Wicked! :musashi:
     
  6. Ken Brock

    Ken Brock Who's Awesome? Super Moderator

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    nice pictures, thanks for sharing
     
  7. Chris Daigle

    Chris Daigle Half fast

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    Wow, you've got big fucking monster nuts for heat treating that sucker in your forge (about the size of mine). And it looks awesome!! :semper:

    Chris
     
  8. Stabber

    Stabber Stabber's Steel Connection Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Looks great Stephan!!!
    The hamon looks very good:devilzeek

    Awesome action shots!![​IMG]

    I think i saw that 'forging oven" available at Blade[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  9. tmik

    tmik Midwest Knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    excellent work Mr. Fowler...You have to show us the finished product.

    Are you going to use traditional handle assembly?
     
  10. NORCAL HUNTER

    NORCAL HUNTER Huge member

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    WOW!!!! Thats great, thanks for the pics. I can't wait to see it when its done. Good job Stephan
     
  11. silenthunterstudios

    silenthunterstudios The Jello Gigolo

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    Cool man, can hear the opening theme from Conan.
     
  12. MVP KNIVES

    MVP KNIVES knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Too Cool!:firedevil
     
  13. Clydetz

    Clydetz Forever straight and true Brigade Member

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    So that's how it's done! Thanks for taking the time to take and post the pixs!
     
  14. Rio

    Rio Como un angel JDBA Official Member Knife Maker or Craftsman Brigade Member

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    what he said:devil1:
     
  15. SPLITSHOT

    SPLITSHOT Paracord Pimp

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    Great set of pictures. i like watching you knife makers doing your thang. please post some more pic's :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  16. Lrshot

    Lrshot Patriotic Devil

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    Thank you for sharing the crafting process. Very eager to see it finished !
     
  17. Centerfinger

    Centerfinger George Clooney is a Spy

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    Fucking sweeeet! Thanks for the wicked pictures. It's also good to know that I can HT something bigger than 8" in my two brick forge.
     
  18. Str8ShooterEsq

    Str8ShooterEsq Wartime Consigliere Brigade Member

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    These types of threads are great. Thanks for sharing with everyone.
     
  19. Anchorblew

    Anchorblew Title? What's a title?

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    Sometimes when you see a picture... WOW is all that comes to mind. Other times you see a work of art and get the same feeling.

    With this pictures all I can say is that true genious and artistic ingenuity went into the forging of that katana. :takeabow:

    Keep up the amazing work and thanks for sharing the photos with us.:ernie:
     
  20. Semper708

    Semper708 I know more about nothing than you ever will My Ass is on Probation

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    :semper: Thanks for sharing, great thread, can't wait to see the end result!
     

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