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About Bubbasan

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    Park Hills , Mo.
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    Swordsmith, bladesmith. LIke my swords . Like to fish ' metal detecting. Travel . I am retired USN 30 years .

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  1. Seems like the over heating can cause some problems as it has for me. I use a plain handheld propane torch . I just keep annealing and hammer some until it get worked hardened and I start again . More work obviously but, product has less cracks and exfoliation of metal. Just seems to work better for me . I hate to have to repair some cracks although its part of making the material . Bubba
  2. Not a problem , I have knifemakers and smiths come by all the time . I teach a course in forging/ HT Japanese blades. Drop me a line if you want to drop in ... Bubba
  3. It took me several years before I could make a decent sword . swordsmithing is difficult for a beginner. I was trained in Japan when I was stationed In Yokosuka for a few years. My sensei put many knots on my head when I did something wrong. The main problem with forging swords is : you try to use the same amount of hammer blows on each side. this decreases stress and will help keep it straight when quenching. I recently made a small 19" Naginata blade from my own Tamahagane or Orishigane as some folks call it. Has an iron core, and was the devil to forge. Started making blades in Japan w
  4. That is interesting , I picked up a nail die from Tom Clark its a piece of steel with handle and a square head die in the middle. All I did was heat some medium carbon steel rods hammer it into the hole and walla perfect square nail head . Tom used to make nails at competition . I don't think he ever lost. I will post a picture of it after I buy new camera .GRR. Just bought a brand new Fuji would not take pics smaller than 1080x 2200 ?? almost all pics are blurred as you can see in my posts. I used to have a cheap Kodak easy share and it took better pics than most very expensive cameras.
  5. Here are pics of finished shirasaya. Turned out allright. I normally don't make saya during warmer months because wood soaks up moisture and when it dries out saya can shrink and make it rattle a little . This wood was dried for 7 years in Japan . I kept the wood inside where it is nice and dry so It didn't shrink. Thanks for looking ........ Bubba
  6. Hello Teeny, Yes there are several recipes . as cliff says some use gold . It makes the shibu look like Black hills gold. Its called black shibuichi. Shibuichi literally means mysterious metal . Japanese language is funny , words have many meanings depends on the context. Metal in Japanese is Tetsu as in nanban Tetsu ( foreign steel) so I am not sure how they translated it ? Many words in Japanese are interchangeable with Chinese Kanji.. Bubba
  7. Cliffrat, the tsuba and the seppa are shibuichi , the Habaki is bronze . The formula is 60% silver 40% copper. I make a lot of shibu, and from my experience heating it to cherry red then quench . I know a lot of folks don't anneal that much , but that's the secret , anneal anneal anneal Otherwise it may develop microscopic cracks that will only get bigger. Shibuichi gets work hardened very easily . I know its the hard way of forging it but, it also is the safest. Most people think shibu is a Japanese alloy ... only by name . It was used by the Romans to make coins, and the South Americans
  8. Looks to me like high carbon steel , I am sure it can be hardened and tempered . The way it was sparking kind of looks like 1080 or better .The disc brake may be some weird alloy with some nickel to take the heat. Cut a small piece off each piece send it to lab . Then you will know for sure . Helps with HT and tempering. As far as anvil I don't see why not ? May need to be hardened a bit if you are leaving dents in it with hammer . I am sure some other smith will chime in . I used a piece of wide gauge RR track for a few years before I bought a couple good anvils...... Good luck .....
  9. Charlotte, I agree . When I was in Japan a few months ago , I met some well known Japanese smiths . We were generally talking shop . One of the swordsmiths (katana kaji) asked me how many Japanese blades I have made . I said around 300 in 40 years . He said you are already Master . I am rated Jo Saku By JSSJP. All of my knowledge is empirical , I learn by watching and listening . I don't believe you need to have a certificate to be very good. Mr James is just a prodigy . A natural . Frosty you are right on Target...... I don't think Masamune had a certificate but, he was part of the Go
  10. Ok...... in a couple minutes.. Here they are ... James
  11. Hello folks , I know this is not the normal stuff that is posted often but, this piece was so beautiful I had to post er up What do you think ? The fellow who made it is a master blacksmith , gun maker , sword smith you name it and he can make it . He is a Hollywood type but, he is really good . and a super nice person You may recognize his name ?? I have some more pics if some of you want to view them ? Enjoy bubba
  12. If Purchasing from China , make sure company has ISO 6000 rating or better ... Usually have better Quality control , make better goods James
  13. I make and sell shibu plate for knife and sword fittings....... James Variation of Shibuichi[3]name (JA)Ag : Cu, +Au[4]note mentioned colors are after patinationShibuichi25 : 75Dark grey, has a trace of goldShiro-Shibuichi  (Kin-IchibuSashi)60 : 40, +1Shiro is White in JA lighter grey, harder, lower melting tempUe-Shibuichi  (Kin-IchibuSashi)40 : 60, +1Ue is Upper in JA Grey, harderNami-Shibuichi Uchi-Sanbu  (Kin-IchibuSashi)30 : 70, +1Nami is Regular in JA lighter than ShibuichiNami-Shibuichi Soto-Sanbu  (Kin-IchibuSashi)23 : 77, +1Darker than Shibuichi
  14. I started making blades when I was 18 . To make or forge a sword you do not need any specialized equipment . Hammer , forge , anvil . It sounds simple but, it takes years of practice . It Takes me about 3-6 months to make a good folded steel sword . That includes fittings , Polish and saya / scabbard. There will be some setbacks but, just keep on going . Because one day you will make a fine piece that you will be proud of . I would like to further add , that polishing swords is almost as difficult a challenge as forging one . Regards James
  15. Will give it another shot .... James No Dice ?? get error code EX2 ?
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