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    This one is absolutely stunning my friend!!

    This one is absolutely stunning my friend!!
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    Absolutely STUNNING work Mikey! Very much looking...

    Absolutely STUNNING work Mikey! Very much looking forward to seeing one of these on something of mine :D
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    Actually, stiffness is more a factor of...

    Actually, stiffness is more a factor of geometry...rather than hardness. For example, a through hardened western sword blade with a fuller, will be much stiffer than a through hardened western sword...
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    I think the real benefit is more personal. As a...

    I think the real benefit is more personal. As a non chef type person, I've cut the same foods with both types (of equal quality), one after the other...and a differentially hardened blade just feels...
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    So here we are. These pictures are examples of...

    So here we are. These pictures are examples of just one pitfall which might befall an inexperienced, impatient, otherwise unprepared, or just plain unlucky smith who attempts to differentially harden...
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    The mods have approved my pictures. I'll be...

    The mods have approved my pictures. I'll be posting them when I get home shortly.
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    No thanks necessary guys, I'm glad to help. ...

    No thanks necessary guys, I'm glad to help.

    I'm also going to run some pictures past the mods and see if its ok to post them. They illustrate EXACTLY what I mean when I talk about failed honyaki...
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    Pretty much, yes. But, there are other...

    Pretty much, yes. But, there are other differences as well, that come into play for other reasons. More on that below.



    The first thing I'd like to mention, is all honyaki's are monosteel, its...
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    The cladding would have zero effect on the...

    The cladding would have zero effect on the chippiness or lack thereof of the same edge steel tempered to the same hardness. Things that WILL have an effect on chippiness with those two things...
  10. I prefer the top one. Very, very nice :).

    I prefer the top one. Very, very nice :).
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    You're very welcome, and thank you for your...

    You're very welcome, and thank you for your appreciation! That is literally THE entire reason I posted it. When I started with handles, all of the resources were scattered all over, half finished,...
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    You're partially right, the arrangement,...

    You're partially right, the arrangement, friability, and even shape of the particles have a huge impact on bringing out the hamon. However...traditional natural stones have been proven to be acidic...
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    Thanks again everyone :). I must say that...

    Thanks again everyone :).

    I must say that after I'd used it over the past few weeks, the stable patina set up an incredible base for the repolish. I'm very pleased :).

    Anyhow, the final...
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    I simply use calipers and finger pressure to keep...

    I simply use calipers and finger pressure to keep things even...and as you said, the plate keeps it flat.
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    Thank you so much everyone! I very much...

    Thank you so much everyone! I very much appreciate the compliments and the bumps keeping the thread up. The blade is sold pending funds as of this morning :).

    I've been out of the forge for a few...
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    323mm Mizu Honyaki Wa Suji

    I wasn't initially intending to sell this right away, but some things have come up that I need to deal with.



    I was told not to let this go for less than $850, but since I need the...
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    I can see a place for both. My handles are often...

    I can see a place for both. My handles are often semi busy in other ways (spacers and liners). Inexpensive woods could be utilized nicely in something like that...even for spacers themselves.

    If...
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    Damascus liners and spacers ftw.

    Damascus liners and spacers ftw.
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    Middle row, third and fourth from the...

    Middle row, third and fourth from the right....gorgeous!
  20. Incredible message, and even more true today than...

    Incredible message, and even more true today than when it was first expressed.
  21. I'm so out of the loop I didn't bother, lol.

    I'm so out of the loop I didn't bother, lol.
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    You mentioned ironwood. It's nowhere near as rare...

    You mentioned ironwood. It's nowhere near as rare as many vendors would like you to believe. However...in every state that I'm aware it grows in...if you cut down an ironwood tree, and get...
  23. Absolutely this. I credit the internet for this...

    Absolutely this. I credit the internet for this mostly. Many people in the world have at one point in their lives have had the passing thought 'Wow...it would be so cool to be able to make THAT knife...
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    That's gorgeous Mark! I seem to recall pestering...

    That's gorgeous Mark! I seem to recall pestering someone about black dyed maple burl awhile back...

    Hmmm!!

    :D
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    In for the discussion!

    In for the discussion!
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