Who I am, what I'm about.

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  1. Jul 7, 2019 #1

    DanielC

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    I am a part time bladesmith (husband and father of 3 children ages 6 and under) practicing in many areas of steel creation. I am a bladesmith, but i am also an adept in iron smelting with smelt master Mark Green. 6 years of smelting iron ore we have mined into iron or steel. Some 80 full smelts under my belt. Most product goes to my good friend for his traditional sword production, but i have earned quite a bit for jacket material in future sanmai.
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    I am also adept in the process of steel making most commonly used by Japanese Swordsmiths called Orishigane. The remelting of clean iron or low carbon steel into ultra high carbon steel that must be wrought to homogenize carbon content and remove impurities from the steel. I make steels in the 1.3-1.9% C range. I have been working this type of steel into plates and then billets for future nihonto inspired blades and even kitchen knives.
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    This steel processed and used in my sanmai has lead to beautiful results (jnat stone polish).
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    And peering down my metallurgical microscope, checking the weld line (I sanmai orishigane to W2, turning that into a core billet and then sandwiched that further between 1018 mild) the top being W2 and below, lighter color is orishigane (with silica slags present from the traditional folding with rice straw ash and mud slurry as Japanese swordsmiths do. The micrographs revealed the 9 folded orishigane to be between .8 and .9% Carbon (It started around 1.5-1.7)
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    Kitchen knives using sanmai construction is my main study. I have spent years learning traditional steel making methods, but have also spent several years practicing the craft of sanmai construction using low carbon jacket material under my powerhammer that has been set up to mimic the shops and spring hammers you see being used in Japan.

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    I have also been working in the area of crucible steel, watering steel, wootz, etc...I approach it unique to many, using a singular source of feed material to get desired carbon content (my orishigane only). This has lead to much success.
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  2. Jul 7, 2019 #2

    DanielC

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    Continued...

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    And then the look under the scope of these wootzie carbides...
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    DanielC

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    And then of course is my infatuation for Jnats and stone polishing. A considerable amount of work, but it kind of goes in line with everything I do. I have a growing mass of stones because i feel like options are necessary, and so is longevity ( I've added a few since photo :D )
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    So yea, there ya go. I make when I can, but I am always, always building a unique skill I feel. Take into account the years of failures and successes on my end when I do release a blade to be sold. I'm a father of 3 small children and a husband to a patient wife, doing this part time on the side. Sometimes it's one of the only blades i may complete that month and has been handled by me for an immense amount of hours. Afterall, it's just me.

    Thanks all, and I hope you appreciate my work!
     
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    That is super cool Daniel. Please keep this kind of posts coming when time allows.
     
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  6. Jul 7, 2019 #6

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    Thanks for sharing all the cool pics and info. I've been following your Instagram for a while and always enjoy your posts. Oh yeah, enjoy your beautiful knives too, hope you keep it up!
     
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    Thank you for posting this. Very impressive, especially with doing this all on the side and with 3 little kids. Your future will be bright.
     
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    Today's work goes to a dear friend in Germany :) W2/1018 sanmai.

    Working the grind back, etching to check core steel placement.

    Thank you all for the kind words:)

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  9. Jul 12, 2019 #9

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    Retesting a Maruoyama Hon-Tomae. 6k, lightning fast polish. As you can see it leaves the cladding a frosty color.

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    DanielC

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    Also been working on dust filtration and spark arrestor.

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  11. Jul 13, 2019 at 3:58 PM #11

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  12. Jul 14, 2019 at 11:03 PM #12

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    Honyaki, 1095 getting handle work...

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