Wally Hayes – Katana: A Modern Craftsman’s Guide To Make A Japanese Sword
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In this DVD, Master Bladesmith Wally Hayes will show you detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to make his tactical katana, which he sells for $2900 USD, using the bare minimum of tools, using stock-reduction (grinding) techniques.
This katana is, as he puts it, ‘a modern interpretation of a traditional Japanese sword.
‘ That is, the methods he uses and the details of the sword and fittings are not traditional, but will produce a Japanese style sword that is very functional.
This DVD covers:How to design the blade and cut it out.
How to grind the blade.
How to differentially heat treat the blade using Japanese clay-hardening techniques, and temper the blade.
How to straighten the blade after heat treating.
How to polish and etch the blade.
How to make and attach the guard.
How to do a semi-traditional handle wrapping.
How to make a non-traditional sheath.
Minor criticisms:At the beginning, Wally lists the materials that will actually go into the sword, but he does not list the tools you will need to work it.
You will have to follow along and make a list if you don’t have an equipped metal working shop.
Although he is mostly very thorough, he does leave out some minor details.
I found his instructions on designing the blade to be a little too brief.
He does not explain hot to sand the plunge line, which can be difficult to figure out for beginners.
He does not go into detail about how to fit the guard and washer onto the tang.
Again, beginners may find this difficult to figure out.
Despite these minor criticisms, I found this to be a fantastic introduction to stock-reduction methods for making swords, suitable for an intermediate knifemaker.
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