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Meeting 2016 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Bladesmithing Symposium 2016
Presentation Title The Creation of the Sword “Berkelium” through Authentic Saxon Sword Manufacturing Techniques
Author(s) 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
Abstract Scope 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 800C and tempered at 200C. 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.
Proceedings Inclusion? Undecided


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