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Hardening & Quenching A Sword  by patjila


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The sword is heated to a very high temperature and then placed into a quenching tank. This quenching allows it to cool quickly and evenly which will harden the metal. After this hardening the sword is brittle and something must be done to make it strong yet flexible. Next step will be the tempering.

Again the blade is heated and quenched. But now the heating is at a much lower temperature.This tempering allows the blade to be strong but not brittle. This is one stage where the skill and experience of the sword smith is invaluable. It takes a trained hand and eye to understand the properties of the meta. It will have a certain amount of flexibility yet still retain its sharp edge. Now the sword is ready for completion.

One of the moments captured in the smithy during the process of forging a medieval sword.

Thanks so much Wout & Jelmer of Hammer Las & Smeed Techniek Kampen for hospitality and coop during the photo shoot.

Hammer Las & Smeed Techniek Kampen

Camera on tripod without flash. Selective Colouring done in Photoshop.

Equipment: Eyes, hands, mind, soul, Canon Eos 30D

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  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 2 years ago

    Oh wow, Annet – what a fabulous capture and processing – really love this and it is a definite favourite foe me xx

  • Mattie thank you so much for your compliments it was such a special experience happy to share and grateful you like it xx

    – patjila

  • John44
    John44about 2 years ago

    Ja.. hele mooie foto Annet
    Slim gedaan ook zwart wit en het rode gloeiend ijzer centraal
    Zeker een FAVx

    Ja.. hele mooie foto Annet
    Slim gedaan ook zwart wit en het rode gloeiend ijzer centraal
    Zeker een FAVx

  • Dankje John het was een fantastische ervaring om mee te mogen maken en vastleggen! Bijzonder bedankt voor de fave! x

    – patjila

  • Maisie Sinclair
    Maisie Sinclairabout 2 years ago

    Brilliant image & great editing!

  • thank you so much Maisie for liking the hard work :)

    – patjila

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 2 years ago

    Lovely work dear Annet a super SC,Fave for me.x

  • A huge thank you Cath for your everlasting support and appreciation xx I can’t be online as often as I would but as soon as I can because I’m curious what new work you have made :) xx

    – patjila

  • Berns
    Bernsabout 2 years ago

    Fantastic sc ! A new fave for sure!

  • Ta very very much Berns!

    – patjila

    JUSTARTabout 2 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you loads Syl!

    – patjila

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 2 years ago

    Excellent work Patjila…like your processing.

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Great thanks for acceptance and compliments!

    – patjila

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisabout 2 years ago


  • Hello Anna all the passion for work and photography are combined thank you so much for recognition grazie mille!

    – patjila

  • Stuart Mcguire
    Stuart Mcguireabout 2 years ago

    very cool love to see the finished item as well

  • Thank you so much Stumcg and you will see it, it takes a while but it will be here I promis :)

    – patjila

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacabout 2 years ago

  • A real honour thank you so much for featuring this hard work of the blacksmith and I do hope it’s helping to promote the preservation of fine craftmanship.

    – patjila

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