The results we have at the end of this post are not what I expected, but kobolds are sneaky and unpredictable by nature. And the winner is…
Real Steel has been around for over two years and 24 installments. Although I’ve done my best to act on suggestions, I haven’t been able to get to them all. In part, this is because I have received so many suggestions, and also because I have the practical matter of Real Steel projects needing to fit in with what I have going on in the shop.
So this time I’ll make sure I create what the kobolds ask for. Here are some projects I’d like to try. Simply vote for the one you’d most like to see. And if you like, add some suggestions about where you’d like to see the project go. Whichever weapon receives the most votes gets made, and I’ll video document the whole thing from start to finish; forging, grinding, heat treating, hafting, and testing—you will see it all.
The tetsu-ken, or tekkan, is a little-known swordlike weapon from feudal Japan. The originals were mostly wakizashi-sized and appeared to be a wakizashi, but were made of iron rather than steel and had no edge.
Bladesmith Todd Gdula’s brick-smashing moon hammer video is one of the high points of his Real Steel series here at KQ.com. Now that brick-smashing power can be yours — and you’ll be giving to a worthy cause.
Todd has generously donated one of his moon hammers for auction at eBay, with all proceeds after shipping costs (USA only) going to help Christina Stiles get to Gen Con. He says these typically go for $125 and bidding is currently at $20.
If you win, be sure and send us a photo of you holding your mighty hammer aloft in triumph.
Check out the video of the moon hammer in action…
In the past, we covered forge welding as it relates to Damascus steel here. But forge welding can be used to stick hot steel together in lots of different ways. San Mai is a Japanese technique now in widespread use in Japanese style and non-Japanese style knives. It translates to “three layers.”
Gimme the Steel Sammich, Extra Flux, Hold the Fries
San Mai steel is three layers forge welded together. The two outer layers are of the same type and often referred to as the jacket (bread) and the middle layer is referred to as the core (meat). Like Damascus steel, I make San Mai by MIG welding the layers together at the corners (this layered bar is called a billet) and welding a steel bar to the billet for ease of handling without tongs during the forging and forge welding process. Unlike Damascus, San Mai is not folded.