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Hamons

Discussion in 'Heat Treating' started by Eric B, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. Eric B

    Eric B New Member

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    hey guys not sure if this is the right spot for this but it still falls under heat treating. well i tried to do a hamon on a bowie im working on right now and not sure why it turned out the way it did.I mean its there but not quite.so heres the process i did.
    -normalized my 1095 steel 3 times.
    -coated it with w.h. harvey furnace cement and let it dry for 4hrs. and some spots were still wet under the skin it formed
    - heated the steel up slowly so i didnt overheat the the tip and brought it up to non magnetic.
    - and quenched it conola oil that was preheated to 125 deg.
    reground my blade to clean it up and etched with muriatic acid,diluted 2 to 1

    so with that said why isnt my hamon more pronounced especially with that distinct 1/16 black line that runs down the hamon? theres so many variables that im not sure where to start changing my process.
    thanks!

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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    Looks great! What grit did you work it to before etch?
     
  3. Eric B

    Eric B New Member

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    thanks dancom! I wet sanded it up to 800x. I also did a very light wet sand with 3n1 oil and 3000 just to try and get rid of some of the marks
    left after etching which i dont understand why they are there. Ive also noticed that my hamon slightly disappears after wet sanding a lttle bit.
    just wondering what people are doing to finish there blades after acid etching?
     
  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Okay I cannot resist any longer, every time I read Hamon I think post this picture with a dozen question marks:D
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  5. Eric B

    Eric B New Member

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    ya but i didnt put general hamon! :roflmao
     

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