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I drew out the sword more and started forging in the bevels. I also heat treated my draw shave. It developed a warp and a twist but I was able to clamp it and tempered it while clamped straight and it straightened right out. I will get some photos in a bit when I get out to the shop.

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What's the current weight? Length?  With the parallel sides it looks like an earlier type of sword rather than high middle ages or later.

Distal taper is so easy for a smith to make but much harder for stock removal to make; a good way to guess if a blade is made by a smith or by a machinist.

(And almost *EVERYONE* makes swords too heavy when starting out!)

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here is an update. Fuller ground forge redesigned to run in the vertical position. A tempering oven almost finished. And my quench tank made and extended.

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I quenched it and did an oil temper and decided there were some things I really didnt like. Fullers off and one fuller kinda wandered back and forth. Every effort to fix it made it worse. The plastic bottom wheel on my 2x72 caused some bumping and jumping. So I stress tested it. Took a lot to snap it.

Here is the grain

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Moderators what is an appropriate size for photos?

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On 2/19/2020 at 9:24 PM, swedefiddle said:

The name, "Blade Shaped Object" doesn't care what material you will use. Trying to create a sword is an exercise in frustration and futility. I would not be in a rush to create small pieces (which will happen). Learn more by making Positive Carma, a project that you can start and see a finished project without failure. Negative Carma is the world of swords, tons of work and frustration, to be shattered at any point during the exercise. Start by putting your piece in the scrap pile, before you create Negative Carma.

Ha ha, reminds me of John Cleese (Basil, Fawlty Towers) who after 4 failed marriages is quoted to say that now ... " I try to bypass the middleman. I date women I dislike and buy them a house" :)

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On 3/21/2020 at 12:17 PM, Benona blacksmith said:

So I stress tested it. Took a lot to snap it.

Kudos to you for being willing to sacrifice all the effort put in so far for the sake of testing your skill and achievement. 

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How are you going to grind the fuller: dress the wheel to have a curved surface or DANGER DANGER try to push the blade sideways on the cheap wheel to use it's circumference curve DANGER DANGER

I have a bader belt grinder with contact wheels going down to around 1/2" to use. If I did not I would probably use a sen and dowel wrapped with abrasive paper to clean up the fuller.  Sideways pressure on a cheap grindstone can result in hideous injuries!

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