Don't buy the Dynasty Forge Bushi (forge folded) line
This is my sincere petition for all to NOT buy the Dynasty Forge Bushi line. THIS IS *NOT* A PROBLEM WITH THE SPECIFIC VENDOR WHICH I'VE GOTTEN IT FROM. So far, all vendors who host listings of these swords (but may not have them in stock) sources their pictures from DYNASTY FORGE (INC.) and the misrepresentation/misleading as outlined below deals with those pictures from DYNASTY and *NOT* the vendors (who uses these seemingly ubiquitous pictures)
I bought a Bushi O-katana. The listing states "Taditional Hada and Hamon" (sic). A picture was included where a blade (with what is generally known as a damascus pattern) is depicted as having two areas of two distinct tones: a darker one and a lighter one. Their boundary is defined by a wave which resembles a Gunome pattern. On the upper side of this boundary, a hazy lightened line follows this wavy pattern...
I got the shipment today. There wasn't such a hazy lightened area. But there were two distint tones. However, that was achieved by abrasion: the Ji portion of the blade is chemically etched to have a frosted, white appearence; the Ha is machine polished to a mirror-like, ~dark~ tone. So I used my hazuya stones to polish it away. Indeed, there were no Hamon: no formation of actual Martensitic crystals. The Ha, being mirror polished, responded better to the Hazuya; the Ji, having been so aggressively etched, has a roughness in texture that conformed with the damascus pattern. So when I polished it, only the "raised" layers where polishable; the recessed, more-aggressively etched areas where somewhat unpolished. But so far, The entire blade seems to be of ONE color *AFTER* polishing. I used an aggressive lemon juice to see if a Hamon will pop out--AS IT DID WITH MY KAZE. No luck there.
So far, I am about 75% sure that there is no hamon. I will keep all updated as I continue to perform tests to reach 100%
As I have damaged my blade by polishing, it is not returnable. I wish to inform you all of this...not misrepresented..but VERY deceiving product. Good hunting to all.
Hell, I just scored a REAL Nihonto off e-baY for $400 US anyway. (It's a 18'' nagasa wakizashi).