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  1. Thanks for the info I will look into them. Give Rick my best wishes, I hope he does better. Well I would if I didn't need the sword a bit sooner than 20 years from now and if I wanted to become a professional blade smith. I need it for a Japanese martial art and it needs to be of a better quality than I can hope to make before I am forty. I will look at the website that you posted. Look at my response to Glenn. 2nd vote for Howard 3rd vote for Howard Will take a look at this website. ________________________________________ So
  2. I am looking in the next two to five years to purchase a katana. I was hoping that you fellow members can help point me in the right direction in getting a real blade and not a 'wall hanger' as it were. For those who are thinking to themselves "Here is another annoying kid who wants a magical sword for cheap," I do have $3000 stashed away for the purchase. I am reluctant to commit to anything for at least the next year as I am waiting to see if a job I am applying for will pan out. ~Ne0spartan
  3. Ah! That makes more sense. Can you tell me more about vertical forges? @Thomas: So the nearly finished sword is placed into this kiln/furnace for final heat treating, with this special furnace being able to project different temperatures at different parts of the blade?
  4. @Richard: For now I have been trying to keep the discussion in what many would consider the 'real world' but your mentioning of beam based blades circumvents that. Remember this is just for fun and to challenge our creativity and knowledge. Okay how does this sound for a purely hypothetical challenge. Creation of a "heat" blade. Essentially a metal blade that is heated to high temperatures to assist in its cutting. Metal would need to be a alloy which will retain its qualities of sharpness and resilience at higher temperature.The blade would be heated either with electricity or though a
  5. Interesting, I really like this concept. So this special forge was used for the final heat treating or the entire process of making the swords?
  6. As I have stated before the Katana was just an easy example to start the discussion not the end point. Though the information about the sword smith is helpful and I will look at . @Everyone: This is just a place to throw ideas around and not even a planning stage. I put forth a hypothetical sword design that has been floating around my head in order to get everyone's creative brain juices flowing. I am not going to go out and try to make this sword as like Kearnach said I would need deep pockets and I will admit I don't have those (yet ;) ). Plus I want to just build up to other ideas an
  7. I understand about heat treating. My father worked at a steel mill as a metallurgist and my grandfather worked as a blacksmith at the same steel mill repair shop, he eventually became the head blacksmith there (unfortunately that mill has been mostly shutdown). Working metal seems to be in my blood which is why I am here. That we can get so much just from changing the temperature that a metal is exposed to in one area is astounding and should not be looked down upon. Can you go into more details about the methods used? @Everyone: Remember steel is just a starting place before we get into m
  8. @Both: Like I have said the Katana was only an example of a sword with multiple parts. The Chinese have been doing the same thing for at least 3 thousand years, starting with their double edged bronze swords which would have a core/edge bronze of higher tin content sandwiched between two layers of bronze with a lower tin content (they were also the first to use chromium to treat a metal). @Basher: I understand that European blades have been thrown under the bus in regards to modern preference for the Katana. And from what I have studied a well made European Blade from the late 1500's would
  9. Okay I made a bad pun with the title so sue me :P What I want to look at here is information about modern technology and techniques that can be applied to sword smithing. This is just a theoretical idea thread not a "I am going to go make it now" thread so don't get agitated and attack me okay. I just want to tickle people's creativity and have a little fun, if we can actually come up with a usable concept then its a bonus. I though about posting this somewhere else on the forums but this was still the best to do so in. The first idea I want to look at is... Making a "Modern" m
  10. I just might try part of this, thanks for the information. The ringlord doesn't carry the scale design that I posted above.
  11. Hey thanks ^-^ Sorry for taking so long to get back to you, I have been busy with finals and term papers.
  12. I just might go with your method but I would still like to hear Brad's as well, I like like to be informed of different techniques.
  13. Sorry for not getting back to you before the weekend, I would really appreciate it if you could finish the press diagram. I am also looking forward to your die information as well. Thanks for the help ~Ne0spartan
  14. I know of this forum and I looked on there for information before I came here (I usually go to Armor Archive for helmet stuff). The reason I am asking here for this bit of info is that I am not looking for period accurate information or techniques (the scales I want are from The Last Samurai for crying out loud XD ) I am looking for general metal working advice which this site has in abundance. Thank you for the suggestion though.
  15. Well I don't have a hydraulic press but I might know some people people who have one. Could you go into more detail about this rubber press process? I might need to make more of them so this process might be helpful in the future. I was just giving the two months as a reference for when they have to be finished, not how long I need to make them.
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