|About this Abstract
||2016 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Bladesmithing Symposium 2016
||The Creation of the Sword “Berkelium” through Authentic Saxon Sword Manufacturing Techniques
||Hi Tin Vo, David Frazer, Nathan Bailey , Rachel Traylor, Rachel Connick, William Connick, Jeff Bickel, James Austin, Peter Hosemann
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
||Hi Tin Vo
For the 2014 TMS bladesmithing competition UC Berkeley students wanted to create a blade utilizing traditional Saxon sword manufacturing processes. This desire lead to the team smelting their own metal ingots from magnetite ore collected from beach sand. The ingots were then cut and forged into strips. The strips were forged-welded together to create the blade’s body. The blade body consists of a high carbon steel sandwiched by two low carbon steel pieces. The final shape of the blade was obtained through hand-hammering and mechanical polishing. The blade was then heat-treated at 800°C and tempered at 200°C. After hardening, the blade was polished slightly etched with Nital (3% nitric acid) etching solution. Additionally, the team characterized samples using a variety of techniques including scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy of the blade material during the manufacturing steps to understand the evolving microstructures during smelting, forging and hardening.