Thanks for that link. The part about the clay not being what determines the hamon makes sense to me now. Because the hamon I got on mine looks nothing like the clay that I put on the blade.
The sq stock was fabulous until I got the round... Then I systematically bought all the round I could afford, over 20,000 pounds.So are you saying that you sold me a USPS bin full of bad steel? :grumpy: Any difference in the carbon content as far as you know?
One normalizing heat wont get rid of it, the blade above was forged & normalized 3-4 times.You guys with more knowledge correct me if I'm wrong, but banding can be "broken up" by a solid normalizing heat. It can also be "caused" by excessive time at spheroidization temps, or too many cycles in that spheroidizing heat range.