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Tradition melds with Science: Laminated (5 steel) Dao from the Ronin Katana Hammerforged Line
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Tradition melds with Science...
The Forge Direct Laminated Duan Dao is one of the most unique and revolutionary swords ever produced - utilizing the purity of modern steel to create a blade with a hard edge and shock resistant spine and core in a way that the ancient smith could have only ever dreamed of..
The wild pattern on the steel is created through metal extraction. It's achieved by grinding through the jacket layer of 1065 steel until the middle layer of T-10 is reached. The color of the steel is the natural unpolished look of the steel.
The five layer composition from side to side is: 1065, T-10, 1045, T-10, 1065.
Because the steel is placed in layers and welded together, they blend differently down both sides of the blade. The entire blade is then given a polish before the extraction on the edge. The reveal of the lamination is going to be different every single time, as the blend of the steels is never going to be the same, resulting in unique waves and patterns.
The process provides an edge hardness of 62-64, a spine in the mid 40's, and a medium carbon core that is very good at diffusing shock.
The goal was to find a way to get the harder and sharper edge of a differentially hardened blade, but with the resilience of being through hardened.