Post by amateurswordsmith on Mar 8, 2022 21:33:24 GMT
As a beginner blacksmith I decided to ignore the common sentiment that beginners shouldn't try and make anything like a sword because I tend to be a jack of all trades and can usually make something impressive for an amateur(beginners luck I suppose).
I started with a foot long, half inch rod of 4140 steel (unconventional steel I know, but I couldn't find anything else with the shortages). The shape wasn't planned, it was just a natural form from drawing out the steel, so I decided to roll with it and go with a Kopesh shape if that's what the steel wanted to be.
Anyone know the best way to get it heat treated? My forge is not big enough to heat the entire thing in one go, and Medtek (local heat treatment) said it would warp. 4140 needs to be around 50-55 on the hardness scale to hold an edge.
Post by Adventurer'sBlade on Mar 8, 2022 22:38:02 GMT
Nice work for a first sword. Honestly, you have made it very difficult to heat treat by virtue of the shape. A straight blade would be much easier. My advice would have been to try to heat the entire edge to nonmagnetic in one go with a torch or your forge, and then quench it edge first, straight down, into a horizontal trough of oil for a differential harden. Then you could polish it and draw back some of the hardness in an oven. That would be the best you can do with your equipment.
Have you made any knives yet? Successfully heat treated those? If not, shelf this one and take a step back. Make some knives and figure out how to heat treat those properly first. Once you can do a knife with a good harden and temper, come back to the short sword.
I’m always glad to see someone attempt a new adventure especially when it involves a hand craft. That curve concerns me though. My guess is that the blade will be prone to torqueing, twisting, on impact. I’d like to see the finished product and your comment on performance. Keep up advised.
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