Right now I've got a blade coated with some refractory cement, seen here:
I'd love to toss this in the forge and quench it right now, but doing so would not be to my advantage. There's likely plenty of moisture still in that cement, and that means steam. Steam creates bubbles, pulling the cement away from the steel.
I'll need to wait at least another day for this to be ready to be fired and quenched. How sad. ):
In the mean time, I'll probably link to posts and topics on other forums, where more accomplished knife makers show off their talents and works. I find things like that are great for motivation.