August has been the month of the Puma. Scott has made four so far, all with hamons, and he has one more to go. Here's the latest - a Puma with curly Koa handle and interrupted quench hamon.
Scott typically creates hamons via the clay method which is relatively fail-safe, but he just had to create one via an interrupted quench to try the process and test the results. Here's how it works - the knife is nearly final ground, brought 1460 degrees with this steel, and then soaked. Next, it is quenched for approximately one second, withdrawn from the quench for 1-2 seconds, and then plunged back into the quenchant until the blade is around 400 degrees. It is an exciting heat treat process that usually involves a lot of smoke and fire, and results in a very organic hamon. See what you think.
The unnamed side got the most "clouds".
Thanks for looking.