San mai wakizashi blade made of forged titanium alloys

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by Mecha, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Hello sword folks,

    I have here my prototype forged titanium san mai sword blade, made of two different types of titanium: tougher cladding and harder core.

    Although this first one has a couple of "errors," such as the core being too thin and off center, and some atmospheric contamination during the making of the billet, it turned out to be a neat little 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/


    The errors in making the blade billet have been accounted for, and new san mai ti blades are in the works.

    The creation of real titanium alloy san mai sword blades, heat-treated and shaped well for blade use, with alloys selected for the right properties and exhibiting very high performance, is nearing my ultimate goal of the titanium sword pursuit. I'll continue the quest to master titanium swords, and do my best to represent the craft of sword-making, so that these things can continue to be offered into the world, and add to the long and amazing history of man and sword.

    More information on the post in my subforum:

    https://bladeforums.com/threads/forged-san-mai-titanium-wakizashi-blade.1736294/#post-19848581
     
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  2. billf

    billf Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 9, 2003
    Big thumbs up for continuing to push the envelope on these alloys!!

    Bill
     
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  3. 954Ink

    954Ink Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

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    Feb 22, 2020
    Heck ya. I've read a lot of your posts and you have taught me a lot of the difficult aspects of Ti. Keep pushing the envelope. Between this and one of your axes I'd be a happy camper. Looks great.
     
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  4. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks guys. :D
     
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  5. LEGION 12

    LEGION 12

    Jan 8, 2009
    :eek: :)
     
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  6. HJK

    HJK Moderator Moderator

    Jun 30, 1999
    What a fantastic idea!
    It worked for the japanese katana.
    If you ever get to the point where you are satisfied with it and the cost isn't crazy i think I gots to have one
     
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  7. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Some are more crazy than others, but usually not as crazy as you'd think!
     
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  8. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Good one Sam
     
  9. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013

    Thanks JP, I hope you're doing well!


    As for this little blade, I think I'll try to shine it up nice and go with a simple wood mount. It cut fish so nicely, it earned it.
     
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  10. Infi-del

    Infi-del Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 6, 2009
    Badass
     
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