Forged san mai titanium wakizashi blade

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  1. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Hello all,

    I've been working with Dan Keffeler for several months to make san mai titanium sword billets. With the help of Ed Schempp who generously letting us use his large, well-equipped forging shop, we were successful. Ed also fed us the best smoked ribs I've ever had. Twice! :D

    Below is my prototype, a wakizashi blade. Mine was the first billet made, and unfortunately the core got too thin and off-center, and it runs off the edge to one side, in the center of the blade edge. It also had some unfortunate and somewhat detrimental atmospheric contamination due to the settings on Ed's forge, which was corrected before making Dan's billet.

    Despite the errors, the little sword turned into something kind of pretty, and is actually quite functional as a blade.

    It is 20" of blade, with a 5 1/4" tang, weighing 6.8 oz.

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    Cutting fish with the blade:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CB4YfyCD25R/

    Cuts really nicely, actually.




    Dan has finished a beautiful prototype that you can see in action on his instagram page,
    @dan_keffeler. It's a huge katana, with the blade anodized in bright colors. His sword turned out really nice. You can watch him cut through large trees like they were tatami mats with the sword. While I helped with the making of the raw billet, the forging, and the heat treatment, Dan did all of the work to turn it into a sword of his design, within the bounds of what the billet had to offer, which was attempted to be made as close as possible to the dimensions he needed.

    Here is Dan's san mai ti alloy prototype sword:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CAp6TpejH0I/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B_TqJMFDUqH/

    There are other fairly recent posts about it, check his instagram for more.

    Me and Dan have made a couple more san mai ti alloy billets, so there are more refined blades in the works. My next one is already under way, and it should be a doozie.

    Exciting stuff in the world of ti swords!
     
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  2. fishface5

    fishface5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    "20" blade weighing 6.8 oz" unbelievable!!! Nice filet knife ya got there!

    And Dan's waki . . words fail me. Incredible.
     
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  3. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013

    Thanks fishface5! :D

    That gigantic katana of Dan's probably only weights a little over 2 pounds.
     
  4. ShannonSteelLabs

    ShannonSteelLabs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 9, 2015
    Awesome work man. I've been following closely on IG and WOW. You guys killed it. Spectacular work.
     
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  5. sloth357

    sloth357 Platinum m0f0 Platinum Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    WANT...

    AND WTSERIOUSLYF WOWwow - the work Dan did on that finished Katana is gorgeous. The scabbard is amazing in and of itself.. I will need to add a few dollars to my knife fund...

    hi ;]
     
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  6. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013

    Ya, I hope I'm that good one day. The thing is amazing, I got to mess with it twice.
     
  7. rainingblades

    rainingblades Basic Member Basic Member

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  9. HJK

    HJK Moderator Moderator

    Jun 30, 1999
    Mecha is doing some amazing work here. Too bad the internet isn't a transporter because it's frustrating just looking and not touching.
     
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  10. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks. :] The best part about making it to a knife show is letting the people mess around with the blades and get a feel for them. It's kind of hard to describe, more than just lighter in weight.
     
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