Making a Blade from Homemade Steel (106 pics)

Posted in PICTURES       24 Feb 2011       18825       6

Crafting requires a certain amount of dedication and persistence and the guy in the Tatara Project had more than enough of both to pull off a very tough project. He set out to make blades out of homemade steel and the result is simply outstanding. He started off by building and running a tatara-like smelter where he consolidated five pounds of steel. He then processed the bloom and compacted it forming a bar of steel. He sorted the steel using the spark test and a flywheel press to flatten some of the chunks. He then manipulated the carbon content of the steel to create different quality bars of steel. He finished up by forge-welding and folding the different steel bars to create a billet which he forged into a sunobe and then into a blade. The final step in this tedious project was polishing the blades. The impressive final product will blow your mind.

 

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Onoes 10 year s ago
Wow so much work
       
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Archlord 10 year s ago
The guy is obviously a pro, and the technique if a little bit different from japanese katana makers isn't that far off. This kind of sword is named "tanto" and it's basically a small katana. Now regarding the polishing part, i think that he is far from the exellence of master polisher which only job is to polish katanas but i guess that's only logical.
       
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lli 10 year s ago
Made in China
       
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green 10 year s ago
homemade?? i don't think i can do it in my kitchen ;p
       
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Wened 10 year s ago
Outstanding
       
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Smokey 10 year s ago
Very Educational, Cool post Izi
       
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