Knife making continues.

Sandbagger

Sr Member
Finished another Kensaki-style Yanagiba. 1075 steel, right hand chisel grind. Stabilised Birdseye Ebony and Amboyne handle. Lovely figured Cypress saya with ebony lock pin.

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Taking on a new project to stretch myself. Japanese Katana.

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Sandbagger

Sr Member
Japanese Katana WIP

I am doing as much of this in traditional style, by hand and avoiding machinery where possible. After the initial round bar was belted flat with a power hammer, I stretched it out the rest of the way with the hammer on the anvil, then completely hand forged the geometries. Lots of hand filing then inventing a tool out of whatever I had available to scrape in the fuller. (NOT A BLOOD GROOVE!!)

In keeping with tradition also, I am using materials from scraps to make the fittings. Scrap copper and steel to make the tsuba, habaki, seppa, etc etc
Instead of buying mekugi pins from china, I sourced the correct bamboo, made my own and hardened them in the oven.

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KragAxe

Member
Great work!

I just got back from Blade Show - Atlanta. I'm always surprised there aren't any nihonto guys there. I'd love to see a spread of traditionally made Japanese blades from an assortment of makers.
 

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