Friday, February 26, 2010

manganese, chromium, and tungsten




manganese, chromium, and tungsten,
plain ore and carbon—

heat, melt, cool and fold—
pound hard and then
start over.

curves
at an odd angle,

slurry quenched—
coated in a thinner layer than the sides
or the spine.

mokume etched—
ice cold; edged fine
to a laser point;

handle of bone inlayed in brass
and in gold;

encased
in wood
and maybe placed
behind glass;

otherwise leather strung—
strapped close
or hung.


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