I've done a little more playing.
This is 2 steel nails and 3 black spring washers.
I aligned 2 nails and 2 straightened black spring washers, wired, fluxed, forge welded, and squared the billet.
I attempted to twist the metal as far as it would go, thinking that I could simulate a maiden hair pattern just by twisting.
However there was not enough material to perform so agressive a twist, and I twisted the billet in half.
The materials weld with almost a hot fart, so I welded the two pieces together, and welded another black spring washer on as a cutting edge.
This is a rough experiment so there are a few flaws.
I shaped the blade to a period profile, finished and sanded to 1200 grit wet and dry.
Heat treated, sanded lightly to expose bare metal, then tempered by hand.
Sanding again, then a bath of dilute FeCl for an hour and a half.
Here is the result.
It show promise, and next time I will start with a larger wired billet.