By Joe Kertzman
Let writer Don Fogg assist you construct of 1 of the massive blades, the long lopper - the sword! His step by step sword-making technique resonates good with fanatics who cannot get sufficient of the romance, historical past, glance, think, usefulness, ethnic background and actual impressiveness of swords.
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The tempered martensite on the edge will etch black and the pearlite on the back will etch gray. I go immediate back to the rinse water and thoroughly rinse the blade. I spritz the blade with ammonia and scrub it down with a wet paper towel. Rinse and repeat, this time using baking soda on the paper towel. Rinse and then wipe the blade completely dry. The blade at this point will have a light surface oxide. I move back to the bench and remove the loose oxides with a cotton ball and pumice. I have been using 2F fine pumice from a woodworkers supply store.
Blade smithing has been revived in the past 25 years. Stimulated by the development of the custom knife market, the craft has grown from the inclusion of a handful of makers to a well-established core of several hundred smiths. The custom knife market was based initially on handmade utility knives for the sportsman, but it rapidly evolved into an area of collectibles, and the scope of the knives broadened. Concurrent with the development of the blade smithing craft, the martial arts community began to experience an explosion of interest.
So, having a range of hammers to choose from is helpful. If you try this method, it will teach you control and will give you a frame of reference to fall back on as your skills improve. Hammer marks show how the author is breaking down blade stock. HAMMERIN’ HOT STEEL There are some peculiar forging problems that occur when you get beyond a 10-inch blade. First, when you forge a bevel in a bar, you stretch the metal and lengthen it, which causes it to curve upward. In a small blade, this is a problem, but when you compound it by additional length, it requires constant correction to keep the blade straight.