Ok after fabing up a new bumper for my brother this morning (hit a deer) I was able to get some sword time. I ran the grain refining / stress relieving on it first so I would not run into any surprises when grinding. Here it is cooling down after coming out of the oven.
Then I went after the scale by setting up my belt grinder into a crude version of a surface grinder. Works really good for this kind of thing. I was shooting for around .250 but after removing all the scale and pits it is sitting at .200 now. So not exzacty what I wanted but should work. This always happens to me with forged blades. The scale is always thicker then I think and I hope one day I will learn. I then cleaned up the profile and called it a night.
I did not wory about taking it all the way down till the edge bevel cleaned up because that will be removed when I grind the edge bevel. But the pattern looks rather nice.