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San mai patternwelded fighter and spike


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A commission from a husband and wife - his and her self defense weapons. Designs were specified by the customer, though I had a degree of artistic liberty.

CruForge core/cutting edge, 15n20 shims, wrought iron and 15n20 shell. The outside shell is roughly 76 layers; only the fighting knife was twisted... although after being wrapped around a core the pattern was not too distinguishable. 


Terrible pictures... yet again. This time I am really intent on shooting them well.

What are the best/most distinguishable patterns for the outside shell of san mai like this? I may try eye n pool or ladder next time.

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Nice blades, I'm particularly fond of low layer counts with good contrast. I'm thinking the customer's going to love them.


Take the pics outside on a cloudy or overcast day. If you have to take them indoors turn off the flash and use indirect light, a good multi-spectrum, high white florescent works pretty well.


Frosty The Lucky.

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