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Folded 1086/Electrolytic Iron daito by Howard Clark. Fittings by Patrick Hastings and Shuji Yamamoto

This is a rather unique sword by Howard Clark. The blade was made from 1086 steel folded with electrolytic iron. It was to some extent an experiment in steels by Howard. The blade is shobu zukuri and is very graceful and elegant in the hands.

As you can see from the photo above the hada is in places very subtle but in others rather visible. Burnishing was carefully done to retain the hada in the shinogi ji. According to Howard the blade is composed of over 12,000 layers of steel, hence the "tightness" of the hada pattern. It was a challenge to polish to say the least. The 1086 steel is amazingly abrasion resistant and getting the hada to "stand up" was an exercise in creativity. Especially considering the tightness of the majority of the hada. Most steels are like butter in comparison to this stuff. Which makes it even more difficult to polish.

The tsuba is from Japan by Shuji Yamamoto (signs "tomoji"). The fuchi kashira and matching kojiri are made by Patrick Hastings.

Enjoy.

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