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Knifemaking - Japanese San Mai Tanto - Habaki
Nickel silver habaki for the Japanese San Mai Tanto.

Habaki Details:
-Nickel silver habaki for the tanto.

Habaki making process
Piece of 2.5mm thickness flat nickel silver stock to make the habaki. (Picture 1)

Ensambling a device to help me properly bend the piece of metal. This device has been made with two square section (35mm) pieces of steel, two screws (1/2") to work as spacers and a couple of hand vices to provide stability. (Pictures 2, 3 and 4)

Placing the piece of metal centered according to the separation between the steel pieces. (Picture 5)

I place a piece of steel on the exact same thickness of the blade (7mm) on top of the meta, right above the space between the steel pieces. (Picture 6)

Using the hydraulic press to bend the piece of nickel silver. (Pictures 7, 8, 9 and 10)

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Already bended piece for the habaki. (Pictures 11 and 12)

Checking the bending angle on the actual blade. (Picture 13)

Missing side of the future habaki. (Picture 14)

Positioning an extra piece of nickel silver to be welded to the main piece. (Pictures 15 and 16)

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Welding both pieces together with an oxiacetilene torch and a nickel silver wire. (Pictures 17 and 18)

Grinding the welding process residues and polishing. (Picture 19)

Ground and polished piece. (Pictures 20 and 21)

Hand filing the place that will keep the piece in place. (Picture 22)

Finished and installed habaki. (Picture 23)

On the finished pictures, you can see the detail of the stopping upper bezel (Hira-Zukuri blade style.) That part of the blade stops the habaki to go forward while the tsuba on the other end will prevent it from going backwards. Nonetheless, the piece has an exact fit to the blade, making it harder for it to slide to any side.

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Finished Habaki
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