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Marko, I sent you an email with a question regarding your brass or silver nickle options and other things. Thought I'd post something here in case you haven't seen the email! Thanks!
both will polish to a high luster, and both will tarnish slightly over time. Brass gives yellow accent to a handle (think Kramer knives), giving it a little bit of color. N/S is used when you want a more uniform look - less contrast between the guard and the blade. It's all about personal preferences.
Getting liquid nitrogen refill tomorrow, and once it in the house, will begin working on this batch.
I can heat treat only 6 knives per day, so it will take me a few days to get all blanks (225mm gyutos and 135-150mm honesukis) heat treated.
Random pics of this project are upcoming.
PS: If I manage to pull off these two projects in time I plan, I will consider similar projects but in different lengh/types/steels in the future. Time to get serious!
Game face time!
Cutting blanks and profiling them is the most inefficient step (at the moment). Unfortunately, until I get electricity upgrade, I am stuck to contemplate better options (in house blank cutting).
That's what I will do for a half day today.
Marko, thanks for the answer on brass vs NS. Looking forward to the knife!
Unfortunately, all electric work has to be done in accordance to NYS code and done by NYS licensed electrician.