Revealing forging secrets that for centuries have been protected by guilds, The Master Bladesmith uses detailed instructions, diagrams and photos to explain the tricks behind Japanese mokume gane, differential heat treating, power hammers and other techniques to make Gurka kukris, Viking broadswords, wavy kris blades and damascus steel that will take your breath away.
Chapter 1: Setting Up the Workshop
Chapter 2: Steels & Alloys
Chapter 3: Advanced Forging Techniques
Chapter 4: The Power Hammer
Chapter 5: Grinding
Chapter 6: Heat Treating and Tempering
Chapter 7: Hilts
Chapter 8: Metal and Wood Finishing
Chapter 9: Leather Working and Scabbard Making
Chapter 10: Swordmaking: The Romance of the Sword
Chapter 11: The Spear: Ancient Weapon of Choice
Chapter 12: Axes
Chapter 13: Japanese Nonferrous Alloys and Their Coloration
Chapter 14: Damascus Steel: The Pattern-Welded Blade
Chapter 15: Compounds and Formulas
Chapter 16: Weights and Measures
The Master Bladesmith: Advanced Studies in Steel
by Jim Hrisoulas
Softcover, 286 pp.
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