The process of making a seax from iron ore to fully finished blade. Describing smelting steel, forging a bloom of metal into a bar, making a straight laminated bar and a twist bar, forge welding, grinding, making a carved wooden handle. Copper plate smithing including: rolling, forming, brazing and soldering, tinning and engraving and patination. Leather tooling, stitching and staining
And finally the polishing of the blade and the etching of the metal to show the pattern.
This 13-minute video takes you through the process of making a W2 steel katana from beginning to end. The blade fittings are inspired by Chinese painter Zheng Ban Qiao and the blade itself by the work of Kiyomaro.
This 5-minute video takes you through the process of steel smelting in a bloomery furnace. From charcoal cutting to charging the iron ore and finally taking down the furnace to recover the bloom of steel.
4 minutes of test cutting (tameshigiri) with swords made by Jesus Hernandez.
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