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japanese tamahagane steel for sell

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by peter fontenla, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. peter fontenla

    peter fontenla

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    Mar 26, 2007
    Hello everyone! I hope they are well. I want to make an appointment. Soon I will have the opportunity to travel to Japan and I want to know if in some way you can buy tamahagane steel to do a little experience of forging. Maybe there is some business or address that sells it to the public as does Dictum from Germany with a tamahagane from Hitachi. If anyone has information I will be very grateful, regards peter
     
  2. miso2

    miso2 Basic Member Basic Member

    987
    Nov 19, 2014
    I don't think you can buy Tamahagane from Hitachi, unless you are a certified Japanese Sword maker. I also don't believe that Dictum gets it from Hitachi. The pictures they provide show a very small scale operation of Tatara-buki, not the large-scale preparation by Hitachi.

    Anyway, there are small shops where they also run Tatara-buki at a small scale, and you can buy theirs. It would be around $100 per Kilo. Alternatively, you may want to participate in public events often taken place at various Japanese swordsmith to make a knife or something with leftover Tamahagane.

    Hope this helps.



    Miso
     
  3. peter fontenla

    peter fontenla

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    Mar 26, 2007
    Tanks Miso!
     
  4. hank_rearden

    hank_rearden

    Jun 7, 2002
    You might want to make your own if you have the place, time, and lots of charcoal.
     
  5. Lapedog

    Lapedog

    Dec 7, 2016
    I thought they use some kind of special black sand to make tamahagane. You can really make it at home?
     
  6. miso2

    miso2 Basic Member Basic Member

    987
    Nov 19, 2014
    Some Japanese Sword makers do it at their shops in a small scale. Some test iron sand from various different places for R&D.
    There are Youtube videos of backyard Tatara-buki, some of which were done in the US.

    Miso
     
  7. hank_rearden

    hank_rearden

    Jun 7, 2002
  8. samuraistuart

    samuraistuart KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 21, 2006
  9. peter fontenla

    peter fontenla

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    Mar 26, 2007
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    Many thanks to all for your comments, they are invaluable help. We already have good experience making our oroshigane from iron (nails) and tamahagane from iron minerals and calcined pellets. We wanted to get something of tamahagane from Japan to be able to compare with our product with respect to the thermal treatment and the behavior during polishing. We were lucky to get two kilos of the official tatara and two kilos of oroshigane of a local craftsman, now to work !!! Many thanks to all, there are a couple of photos of our previous experience, sorry for my bad english, regards, Peter
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2017
  10. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    i have seen it sold on ebay, its made by a nbthk sword guy.
     

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