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Making a blade. 

Cover one side of the blade with a very thin coating of clay, I usually water it down a lot.  Allow it to dry, then do the other side.

When both sides are dry apply a thicker coat of clay to one side defining the hamon as you go.  I put tape on the mune so that it will not be accidentally covered with clay.  After about 24 hours turn the blade over and coat the other side.

For a more artistic hamon add thin ashi lines.

Heat the blade evenly to critical temperature (Note: This photo shows some cold spots).

Quench the blade in water.  If everything works out fine it should curve the blade.

Next temper the blade for 1 hour at 200 degrees C.

This page was updated Thursday 16th January 2003