Now, a while back i was introduced to "low-temperature" forge welding in a gas forge, this was a bit of a revelation to me as it has a number of advantages over welding in solid fuel.
firstly, because of the lower temperatures, you can not destroy the piece you are working on by overheating - a risk in a traditional forge.
there are other benefits but the point is.....
i have modified our old gas forge to get a bit more heat out of it. by modified, I mean ive put some fire bricks in it and my dad built a cunning door to hold the heat.
I had to test it of course.....
so i forged out some billets of hard steel and wrought iron,
I made a twist billet, a straight laminate and an edge....
Welded and the end clipped- this helps the blade flow to the tip rather than ending abruptly
forged out to a kind of Kyber form, polished, pre-etch.
Im happy with this blade and i will put the rest of it together soon.