I had an old chunk of steel I salvage from the old train yard. When tested it was showing to be high grade high carbon steel. So I started forging. I also had a little bit of some special iron that I forged into the tang. For the forging and heat treating process I used traditional methods. So It is edge/clay hardened, It can cut through hacksaw blades without dulling the edge. Blade is, 24in , double tapered. Now I'm working on the Habaki (collar) and the tsuba (hand guard) using black iron. For the saya (scabbard) I'll just use oak. I'm sure I'll get some good use out of this one. And yes, the kitty was attempting to photo bomb.