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Early Experiments in Visualizing Pattern-Development for Viking-age Blades

Visualizing pattern-welded steel has always been intriguing to me. At the forge, I end up layering different kinds of steels by varying carbon-content, nickel or phosphorous but ultimately don't know how the patterns will look until everything is forged, heat-treated, polished and etched. Using tools from the visual-effects industry, to be specific SideFX's Houdini, I have started exploring different ways of visualizing pattern-development. Here is a very early experiment:



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My Most Complex Pattern-Welded Sword



A Day at the Forge documents a single day at the shop. This time, I am working on a complex pattern-welded sword that contains a core of 8 pattern-welded bars. Watch me forge-weld the core and then assemble the cutting edges to create the pre-form of what will become a majestic Viking-age inspired sword.
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Turning Wagon Wheels into a Crucible Steel Knife



In this episode, we take wrought iron wagon wheels and turn them into steel by carburizing the iron via the crucible process. Watch me forge the resulting steel into a beautiful knife.
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A reconstruction of the Wolf's Tooth Spear

Here is the first successful experiment in recreating the famous Finnish lance. The core of the spear consists of wrought iron which have been forge-welded to the spear socket. Twisted pattern-welded bar has then been attached to the core in another forge-welding pass. Finally, the outer higher-carbon steel has been prepared with a wolf's tooth pattern and then also attached via forge welding. Expect a video documenting the whole process.

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Salvaging a Broken Wolf's Tooth Spear into a Beautiful Knife

Sometimes things break and sometimes they can be rescued. Watch me to turn a broken spear into a beautiful knife:
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