I'm wondering if there would be a demand for a small batch of blade only, forge finish Petty? I made this one quite recently for a knife maker to handle and had a chance to use the blade to prepare a few dinners and was pretty impressed with performance.
I'm thinking it would be nice to offer something effective and affordable for folks to handle and make their own.
Something like this, in a half ground san mai.
This one was requested as a stick tang, but would probably make them for a dowel fitting unless otherwise requested.
It is Hitachi YCS2 which I have now found a nice level of ht and temper for at about 60hrc, its a bit like 01. And I have a bar to use up. There is a thin layer of 15n20 then en9 cladding, which is about 0.55%C. Carbon diffusion seems minimal doing it this way. Plus the sides are not totally "soft"
Blade is about 95mm long, 25mm high. Spine thickness 2.2mm tapering to 0.8mm half an inch behind the tip. Half ground with a touch of convexity to very thin behind the edge, then a tiny bevel at about 11 degrees per side.
Blades would be totally finished hand rubbed, spine and choil rounded, sharp and ready to handle.
These are pretty efficient to make and they would be about £60 plus postage and paypal fees at a guess depending on the amount of orders.
They would not be stamped with my makers mark, as blade only.
What do you reccon?