John Smith

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About John Smith

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    http://www.smith-forge.org

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  • Location
    Cascade Maryland
  • Biography
    I forge Japanese Style Blades
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    forging Japanese Style Blades
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  1. Thanks for the links. I do have a Japanese forging hammer from Dick Fine Tools of Europe, I however am looking for a heavier hammer now and all the sites I have looked at carry the same ones. But I have had several people contect me about making me what I want. So any and all info is welcome.
  2. Hey guys and gals I am looking for a smith to make me a 4.5 lbs Japanese style forging hammer. As I have no time to make one for myself. So email or PM me. John
  3. This was a wonderful project for me.
  4. Jim was kind enough to send me more home made steel that he really worked up for me. I will say no more and just post the images.
  5. Well guys and gals I am putting up for sale this wonderful Naginata. the total length of the blade is 36" with a 21" nagasa. The Motohaba is just under 1 1/2" the blade thickness at the mune-machi is 3/16 the blade thickness at the shinogi is 1/4" The images do not do this blade justice at all there is so much activity in this blade that it truly pains me to sell it. I still have to ad the file marks to the nakago, and to drill the meguki whole. The hamon is Choji, midare.
  6. Chuck I choose this piece of steel because I want some great activity in the habuchi once heat treated. I could have used some W-1 or W-2 and got great results, however 1050 is a very good steel to use. Plus 1095 does not fair well in water quenching, which is what I do for all my steel. Except 5160 which is oil quenched.
  7. Ok guys I have been out of the shop for about a month now. So aside from polishing blades and stuff. I decided to forge my first Naginata and it is in the Nanbokucho period I love that period in Japanese history. It is a wide blade and is historical to the originals I have seen, and I have reaserched the specs and there are some even wider than mine. So having said that, the blade specs are as follows. The steel is 1050. And I go it from a forum member, who's name escapes me right now OAL is 36 3/4" The Nakago is 15 1/2" The Nagasa is 21 1/4" this may change as I bring the kissaki in a bit to even the balance out. The Motohaba ( Mune-machi to Ha-machi ) is 1 1/2" The widest point at the kissaki is about a 16th under 1 3/4 The blades thickness at the mune-machi is 1/4" And once I am done draw filing the blade and have the shinogi set it will bring the mune in at the kissaki to about 3/16". There will be more sori once I heat treat it. This blade look beefy but handles extremely well. So here are some photos of the blade and my Fiance is holding it to give some depth. Comments welcome
  8. Well Ladies and Gents I have put up a Hand forged knife and sword auction. The auctions site does not charge any insertion fees or end of auction fees. They win you get the money. This auction site is for Hand forged swords and knives along with supplies and forging equipment. Stock removal is ok. NO commercial blades or swords. SO please come in and register and enjoy the site. It is simple and not full or glitz it does its job. Knife and Sword Auction
  9. Thanks and I will be posting more pictures of the blade as it progress's
  10. Thanks for looking and any comments are most welcome
  11. Well I forged this little blade about a week ago and I finnally got it draw filled and ready for heat treat. I used Rutlands Black Furnace Cement, and this stuff works really well. Sticks well and stays put. The steel is W-1 and the OVL is 14 1/2" with a nagasa of 9 1/2" and the nakago is 5" The blade is 1 1/4 at the mune-machi tapering out to the point. Putting the edge on this blade and trying to polish it the traditional way will prove to be a very interesting experience. I have some images here for you to look at. Well here is an update. I have been using my 220 grit synthetic stone, even though I am getting a set of natural stones by Monday. I am atleast setting the foundation for the blade. Also I am looking for flaws or cracks, and there are none that I am able to see at this grit. So here are a few images of the blade at 220 grit. At the Ha-machi where the mune is, I had taken just a little to much when making the natch there so I now need to buy some copper that is 3/16" thick for the habaki. More to follow. Comments welcome
  12. Wow sorry guys been away for a bit. Thanks for the comments and Hollow to make a Japanese style blade you need to start small. There are several books out on forging knives. And yes I could tell you but we wouldbe here for ever so As your questions and I shall answer. But experience is yourbest teacher. All I can do is show you the path. John