Instead of the original post, here is a post of a Folded Forged Blade and its mountings. It is shown on the top of the Rack.
In the middle is a Paul Chen Practical Katana as rebuilt and remounted; new tsuba, tsuka, same and with copper insets on the Saya and fuchi.
The folded forged blade in the illustration is a Sandwich and
folded forged borne blade---consisting of Iron, and 1050 Carborn steel.
Iron and Carbon Steel forms the center and then Carbon steel is folded forged around it.
This post was originally done around the Paul Chen Sword in the Middle of the Rack, but the writer was quite rightly taken to task about fooling with an unknown quantity in the Bud-k Viking sword vis a vis cutting..
Hugh is right to advise not to purchase the 'Bud K" specials as, if merely used, they can be hazardous to one's health.
If one is a serious sword person, one eventually trashes the cheap blades or hangs them somewhere marked "for display only".
The folded forged sandwich blade and the Improved Practical Katana are another matter, so I changed the thread to reflect that.
Sometimes that is the best thing about being a moderator, one can erase one's mistakes.
So, basically, the post was amended to reflected the opinions of our Western Blade expert.
The Paul Chen blade does produce a natural hamon when quenched, but that is a different process than shown.