JPH

Finally Finished!! My Nagi-Dachi Tachi

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Finally after more than 18 months I got my Nagi0Dachi Tachi finished to where I am no longer ashamed to show it ensuite with the siya.

The blade...34" kobuse construction using 1095 mixed with refined meteorite and wrought iron. THe laminate is then wrapped around a wrought iron core and then finished forged.

The two Bo-Hi are hand scraped with the Naginata Hi being the biggest PITA . Straight (sugaha) Hamon, as this was the most "effective" visiaully on a "working blade".

Tsuka is in a "bat" themed motiff. Blued steel tsuba, fuchi and kashira. Tsuka length is 15"..

The Tsuka is covered with tiger ray Samegawa and black and gold silk ito. A silver and blued steel twin bat menuki is under the ito.

Overall length is 50"

The Siya is covered on the top third by matching tiger ray samegawa with a horn Koiguchi and a horn "ferrule" that makes the transition from the ray skin to the black lacquer over the gold leaf. The gold leaf process I finally figured out after numerous failures. A horn kojiri brings it all to an end...

Hope these photos work... I got a new "state of the art" Sony camera and I dunno...still they have to be better than my old one...

All in all this one finally is where I like it..

JPH

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I like it too.

Can you get a closer shot of the blade please?

Frosty

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ouch!!...my jaw just hit the floor! well done, love the "scaberd" truely awsome.

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That is one beautifully crafted and impressive stick whittler. You should be unashamedly proud.

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Jim!! When I grow up I wanna be just like you. On second thought...........

Finnr

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Dang Jim, that's a nice 'un.

And kudos on the new camera. Your blades deserve good photography.

Thanks for posting it.

Don

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Frosty: Ok I will give it a shot..what parts do you wanta C/U of?? let me know...I am still trying to figure out how to use this camera so it will be a "learning experience" for me...

JPH

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Ok Here goes...

close up of the blade...

Hope this turns out..the Hada and Hamon are visible but the blade is not in any way in a "show" polish

JPH

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Steve:

All I really did was make some really expensive 1055...I think it turned out OK..still I wish I had the skills to do what the Malay Empus do with what they have to work with when it comes to meteorite iron.. Some of the Keris I have seen are just fantastic...

JPH

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If you think about it the most advanced, close to perfect thing humans have ever done is just highly refined dirt.

So, say what you will it's a beauty.

Frosty

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I just joined this site today and ive already learned to keep an eye out for you work, Very beautifull sword!

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You should do this for a living, Jim.biggrin.gif Seriously, truly a beauty!!

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how beautiful!! my jaw also on the floor - cant imagine how long that has taken you. RESPECT! :)

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Hello:
I am glad ya all like it but this one isn't nothing compared to what I am turning out now....And now that I am done with the Japanese section on book IV I ain't making any more...

JPH

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