This is the second in a series of Katana swords that I’ve been modifying for a client. The blade looked like plain steel when I started, with just a hint of the Damascus pattern that could only be detected with close inspection. I polished, etched, blued and polished again in order to expose the Damascus pattern. The mosaic inlays are standard fare from the knife making hobby. The purple heart, or amaranth as some call it, is very difficult to work due to it’s extreme hardness and interlocked grain. The handle is spalted big leaf Oregon maple.