welding steel


Moro kris sword, circa 1940. The blade is 23 inches long, with a pattern welded steel core and high carbon steel edges. The grip is covered with silver bands and braided wire. The pommel is a large piece of finely carved ivory. The wooden scabbard is covered in rattan fibers and decorated with engraved and painted mother of pearl plaques.

as a follow-up on katanas

what’s really cool is the composition of the blade. so you’re folding the steel like 20 times to get the carbon composition kinda uniform, but you’re also using like 3 different grades of steel, welded together, to hopefully give the more brittle, high-carbon steel a little more backbone and spring to it. this won’t help the issue of the edge chipping, but it will make the blade more durable and keep it from snapping straight through. you put softer, more flexible low-carbon steel in the core and back of the blade, then layer the more brittle high-carbon steel to the leading edge, where the hardness will make a difference.

it’s really fascinating


Handmade Steel Dice

Ben loves to play Magic, and when he accidentally lost his dice bag it was the perfect opportunity for me to make him some! He loves using them in his tournaments. 

Each die is cut to size from some square stock steel rod. Then they were ground to their smooth finish and each dot was drilled in by hand. I had no idea that there was a specific order to the number sides, but now I have it memorized after making all these! This was a fun project. 


Metal Planter

Here’s a planter I welded from some steel sheet metal. I wanted to create a three dimensional planter using hexagons and stumbled across these wonderful things called semi regular polyhedrons. (My math teacher boyfriend Ben would be so proud.)  I drew the 3D shape onto a flat plane, cut it from the sheet metal, then bent and folded it into shape and welded the seams. 

Pretty nifty! Love this little succulent too. 


A Horseman’s Hammer, mid XVIth century.

Old iron head (over 200 years old - picked from the ruins of a XVIIIth century house in Mâcon) with forge-welded steel insert at the beak, steel handle and guard with fileworked details, and steel and brass wire wrap on the handle. Inspired by several examples including hammers in Belgium, Sweden and Norway.

Basically I wanted to make a basic, simple, plain hammer. Seems I failed.
Length 56 cm, head 145 mm.Weight 974 g.
I am asking 900 € for the hammer alone. But the idea is to make a “suite” of weapons, with a matching dagger (and scabbard) and even a sidesword, as sketched.Hammer and dagger would then be at 1600 €, and all 3 weapons at 3200 € (shipping not included, possibility of multiple installments).