Ken, I knew you would change your mind on the ball end. I forged it into an octagon. Please don't expect 8 equal sections. unsure I think it will work. I was wanting to spend some time of this blade yesterday but I had other things to do plus a day or so of of hand forging takes me at least a day to recover. The worst thing about forging a blade so close to final shape is getting it eyeball straight. I try to stop things from twisting and bending but its just going to happen. I do believe the blade is straight now so as soon as it cools off I plan to turn Mr Grinder lose. I did make a pattern from this blade so you'll be seeing it somemore in the future.