kevin - I don't to the forums as much as I used to. I have been studiously recreating some work from past masters in another idiom, and it is enlightening. Almost magical and a little scary when the blade reaches the final weight and geometry, these things are BRUTAL when you think about it. Of course, napalm is worse. You obviously put a large portion of your own spirit into each sword. Thanks for the write-up. Excellent work. Yes, I often find myself having to make two blades to get it just right when copying an old master. keep us posted on your work.