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  The famous bend test  

After careful heat treatment the blade is straightened if necessary before undergoing stringent tests including the famous bend test invented by Henry Wilkinson in 1843 where the blade is deflected some 5 inches to the left and to the right to establish its integrity.

Once it has been proved to the satisfaction of the Bladesmith, it is passed to the Master Cutler for the work to begin.

 
         
 
     
     
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