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Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by BaldingEagle, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. BaldingEagle

    BaldingEagle

    810
    Feb 16, 2010
    Hey
    I am a 62 year old retired/disabled USAF veteran and I am learning how to make knives. Actually, my new neighbor is a farrier and blacksmith. He is retired Army but I can't hold that against him because he is willing and very patient to teach me. He has all the equipment and is graciously teaching me. My question is: What type of clay do you use to make a hamon and where can I buy it. Also, any recommendations on the best technique of using it. I am mostly making my knives out of old truck coil and leaf springs.
    Thank you in advanced
    Doug
     
  2. Willie71

    Willie71 Warren J. Krywko. Part Time Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 23, 2013
    A bunch of us share our hamon processes in this thread. You need shallow hardening steels. Leaf springs and truck coil springs are typically deeper hardening. It's impossible to know exactly which alloy they are, but 5160 is a typical spring alloy.

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/1459372-The-Hamon-Thread

    Shallow hardening steels like W1/W2, 1095, 1075, or hitachi white are common choices. Sairset, satanite, and Rutland furnace cement are common clays.
     
  3. Kosa_PL

    Kosa_PL KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 25, 2013
    Or high-temp silicone paste :p (this used as a sealant for furnaces )
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2017
  4. Nic.

    Nic.

    814
    Dec 8, 2014
    I use the Rutlands furnace cement- but as previously stated- Steels such as 1075, W2. and 1095 will get a much nicer hammon.
     
  5. BaldingEagle

    BaldingEagle

    810
    Feb 16, 2010
    Thank you all for your help! I will get some different steels and start experimenting.
    Doug
     

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