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This is a new bush knife project: A GTK 128-18 forward SAR with choil and Japanese water hardened hamon. If you become a Patreon supporter you can have access to the build details, The New Thinking About It research section and eventually receive your own knife or machete depending on your contribution level.
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Here is a new work in progress a GTK 128-12: Length overall is 18″ with a cutting edge of 11.5 inches. This is the second temper to 400 degrees and the first straightening pass; the first temper was to 350 for 4 hrs without the iron platens. (just like they used to do with the original […]
It ended up being a flip flop hamon or temper line because I discovered after several attempts that in order to harden these thin blades in a Japanese style you had to harden the spine also. Cupping and warping was a problem at first:
This is a pair of 128-12 knives showing two types of Japanese hamon work. The knife on the left is a type of gunome, the knife on the right is a type of hitasura hamon, which means fully hardened. Both knives are available to purchase with out without scales, different types of handle material are […]
This is a 128-12 with hitasura hamon created with local clay, local river iron and carbonized oak bark for the hardening coating plus other secret ingredients. Steel is AISI 1075, this blade is an art blade but still a very functional piece. This was “interesting” to harden because the extra carbon in the clay came from […]