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Tutorials - Forging Stainless 304 and Stainless 420 MV
This one is a small one as I was alone and taking the pictures myself. I'll have another one with a fully stainless san mai up in the near future, so stay tuned!
After making the canister, I put some kitchen paper soaked in WD40 inside. This will burn and consume the O2 inside the can, creating the reduced atmosphere needed for the welding of stainless steels. (Pictures 1 and 2)

Can filled with alternated sheets of 304 (0.3mm) and 420 MV -420 with added Molibdenum Vanadium- (0.7mm) (Picture 3)

Then I gotta weld it closed so no extra O2 gets inside. (Pictures 4, 5 and 6)

I place it in the oven at 1350C and I leave it there for about 20-25 minutes, rotating it every 5".

After pressing it. (Picture 7)

Blue print of the desired claw shape. (Picture 8)
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Bear claw mirror polished, ready for the acid etch. (Pictures 9 and 10)

About to to etch it in the acid for 15 minutes. (Picture 11)

Out of the acid bath, just washed with water and baking soda. Note how black the 420 MV gets! (Picture 12)

After a little polishing. (Pictures 13 and 14)

And that's it, I'll get cooler pics of the claw on the weekend, before it goes up North for its new owner.
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