New sword 1
Ken blade within Buddish style mount (Sanko-ken)
Sample of old ken blade (12the century, Futarasan shrine, Nikko city)
The steel doesn't look very hard, the nicks on the edge suggest that. It may suitable for that double edged blade. If the steel is too hard, the back edge tends to be cracked by hard attack.
blade length 58.6cm
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
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