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Old 18th October 2006, 06:20 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by S.Al-Anizi
Some say that the japanese werent bright enough to know how to harden, then temper their blades, thus differential heat treatment was their way to go.I wouldnt want a sword thats easily bent in battle.


If harden = to make an hard cutting edge and temper = relief the stresses with a subsequent (softer) heating, well japaneses where well aware and able to make both, even in older times. It's a matter of Schools. Somes applied tempering, some not. TOGETHER with differential hardening.

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Originally Posted by S.Al-Anizi
I wouldnt want a sword thats easily bent in battle.


Samurai too. I wonder why the heck they used the same type of technology
for almost 1000 years being such blades so prone to bending...
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