Let it be known . I was a custom machinist for years and do know a little about metallurgy . My fist attempt looked like a banana. My second attempt , a pretzel
And it cracked . Third time , I cheated and asked for help from a good friend that
Is a pro at this stuff and he made the billet mix for me . Just could not get enough heat to manipulate billet , had to add oxygen , could not make nothing but bad , bad hunk of high quality mess .
Finally , after steeling many trade secrets from my good friend , I learned much.
I have a cool looking hunk of blade . Many , many tricks working with semi molten steel , hot , very , very hot . Looked like a moon walking suit .
Poof , I have what looks some-what like a good quality blade .
No way could I have done this without the advice of my pro friend .
PS , he don,t like me much anymore....
I owe him much..!