||[May. 17th, 2003|12:10 am]
Well, looks like I'm not making tomorrow's deadline for getting the sword done. During heat treat, blade cracked. No, it broke clean across four inches from the tip. It's salvageable as a shorter blade (about 24" of blade) but not in time for tomorrow's wedding. Sigh. |
To judge from the grain structure, it was a great heattreatment -- very fine grain, very even across the blade. Fittings are done, so all I'll have to do is reshape the tip and do the polish and final assembly, but I think the modified profile will not meet my standards, and so will just make a new blade. Just as well, this next one will be much better anyway.
Still, having a blade break like that after so much work is disheartening.