Making A Sword – Afterthoughts

I've done something that many nerds want to do, but never learn the skills to do it. Many people walk into a smithy for a class or demonstration and demand to know how to make a sword, not understanding the techniques, time, and effort involved in doing so. As much fun as I had over... Continue Reading →

Making A Sword – Day 5

Not quite 24 hours, but the need to hurry was surely running the show! Sadly, there were a number of things slowing us down, namely access to tools. The first step I had of the morning was to grind out a few imperfections (we had two grinders for twelve people) so I could do what... Continue Reading →

Making A Sword – Day 4

After witnessing my blade survive the normalizing process with little warping (and learning where the thin spots where), I was ready, albeit nervous, to take on the quenching process on Day 4. For those of you who don't know, the quenching process is a necessary and risky part of making a blade. You need to... Continue Reading →

Making A Sword – Day 3

After somehow pulling off a miracle and almost catching up with the majority of my classmates, I was working with the power tools to begin the cleanup process associated with making a blade. This is normally a long and arduous process if you don't have power tools and the skills to use them and, due... Continue Reading →

Making A Sword – Day 2

After the challenges of Day 1, I had a lot of work ahead of me. I was already a day in with nothing to show, so I knew I had to work at double time if I wanted to finish. While working, my classmates were trying to get me to slow down and take my... Continue Reading →

Making A Sword – Day 1

As I stated last week, I've spent the past five days working in a smithy with eight other students under the tutelage of Sam Salvati (see Man At Arms: Reforged to see his work, namely the lightsaber katana). The goal: to complete one single-handed, "Type 15" sword in five days. Now, making a single knife... Continue Reading →

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