"Gotoba" is a name of emperor in the early 12th century. We named this project after the emperor's episode. He invited master smiths to his palace and made swords by himself. Probably he did only a small part of sword making. The hardening work (tempering) is most possible for amateurs.
Now, we introduce blades what customers have done the hardening work (or some other part) by themselves. Of course they are amateur, and our smith who supports customer's challenge is not a master smith. But those blades shows something useful to study "what sword is".
Fold'n welding work was done by "Hideto" with the large hammer.
Tanto "Ryo" (1)
Hardening work (tempering) was done by "Ryo".
Tanto "Ryo" (2)
This time he tried to call choji pattern in the hamon.
Tanto "P. N."
Hardening work (tempering) was done by "P. N.".
Hardening work (tempering) was done by "Q".
As a matter of fact, there were many failed challenges behind these successes.
There are customers who are very informed in blade hardening work. They have studied on books and on internet so much, and they have bigger knowledge than our smith has.
Some of such customers order the smith a blade of "good" steel. They believe that they can make better hamon than our smith produces. They use complicated technique to put clay, because they have their own idea on hamon designing. After the quenching work, it turns out that their challenge have ended with poor hamon than they expected. (too narrow hamon, hitatsura hamon, cracked hamon and etc.) They become angry with the blade with such poor hamon. And the conclusion is "the steel was not good" or "the smith's support was not good". Of course, our smith is not a master, while they are masters.
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