New sword 1
Ken blade within Buddhism style mount (Sanko-ken, vajra handle)

Forging the blade

Hard steel pieces are selected, and fold'n welded 8 times. Then the steel is cut in three pieces.

Then, a little milder steel pieces are selected, and fold'n welded 8 times. The steel also cut in several pieces.
Then, the hard steel pieces and the mild steel pieces are laid on the handle, to go to the next stage mix steel folding.

The mix layered steel is fold'n welded 7 times. Then cut off the handle.

I am not sure what kind of steel has been completed, because I am not familiar with such mix steel forging.

Shaped with hammer

Shaped with plane and files

Put clay on the blade

Just after quenching

The water in the tube becomes hot after the quenching work of the blade.

The tang is soften by heating again.

Shaping work with the rough stone.

It seems that the hamon line is tighter than I expected.

The blades are on the work of making groove.

The Sanko style handle

Fittings for scabbard

The tang and all the fittings have tree notches to recognize the direction to set them up.

blade length 57.4cm, thickness at the base 10mm, width 3.6cm

Ssteel is fine. Layer pattern is not very visible.
Signatured side

Non-signatured side

Hamon is made of small particles. Its pattern is a straight outline, including much activities like kinsuji, sunagashi and ashi. But it is difficult to take them by camera. Actual hamon is more complicated than that in pictures. It is really interesting, since it looks like a hamon from 12th century.

Signatured side, left

Signatured side, right

Non-signatured side, left

Non-signatured side, right


Koshirae bag

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