The Master Bladesmith: Advanced Studies in Steel

The Master Bladesmith: Advanced Studies in Steel

by Jim Hrisoulas


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This advanced study of steel reveals forging secrets that for centuries have been protected by guilds. Never-before-seen instructions, diagrams and photos explain the tricks behind using Japanese mokume gane, differential heat treating, power hammers, and other techniques to make kukris, wavy blades, spears and swords that bear the master's mark.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998708140
Publisher: Nephilim Press
Publication date: 12/20/2017
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 337,316
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Jim Hrisoulas is a master bladesmith specializing in medieval broadswords and daggers and Damascus pattern welding. He has over 30 years of experience at the forge.

Table of Contents

Chapter One

Setting Up the Workshop 1

Chapter Two

Steels & Alloys 25

Chapter Three

Advanced Forging Techniques 43

Chapter Four

The Power Hammer 73

Chapter Five

Grinding 93

Chapter Six

Heat Treating and Tempering 101

Chapter Seven

Hilts 107

Chapter Eight

Metal and Wood Finishing 127

Chapter Nine

Leather Working & Scabbard Making 143

Chapter Ten

Swordmaking: The Romance of the Sword 161

Chapter Eleven

The Spear: The Ancient Weapon of Choice 181

Chapter Twelve

Axes 205

Chapter Thirteen

Japanese Nonferrous Alloys and Their Coloration 221

Chapter Fourteen

Damascus Steel: The Pattern-Welded Blade 233

Chapter Fifteen

Compounds and Formulas 269

Chapter Sixteen

Weights and Measures 277

Bibliography 285

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