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Chisa Katana..(or One for Me!)

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Hello:  

Here is a prototype piece for book IV..done in the Japanese style of Shinogi-Zukuri. The blade is laminated 1070 and L6 steels in the Kobuse method of construction around a mild steel/iron core. The blade length is 22 3/4" and it has two (2) scraped in  Bo-Hi on each side. OAL is  34 1/4".

The Hada is very interesting and I would call it Mokume-Gane Hada. The Hamon is vibrant and it  is much more active than you are able to see in my feeble photos.. I wish I knew how to take better pics..

The Tsuka is blood red Samegawa under black silk and is mounted in a "Hawk" motif. The Siya is wood with black lacquer under red cracked lac and that is sealed with 6 coats of a hard, clear lacquer..

All in all I would say that this one turned out pretty good for someone who isn't all that well "known" for this sorta stuff...

JPH

 

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WOW. that is absolutely stunning. i have to say, that being a beginner knifemaker and monolingual, i only understood half of your post.:unsure:

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I am no swordsmith (I'm barely a knife maker) but good grief, that looks absolutely beautiful. Truly outstanding work, thank you for sharing it!

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Not being a bladesmith guy myself I'm only qualified to say, not bad for a first attempt. In all seriousness I'm not surprised to see such mastery in a first shot at a new style, technique or . . . I don't know what most of what you said means. Beautiful job is too small a term for your work Jim, you've run me out of adjectives long ago.

I love crackle and wrinkle paint effects, that one I know. 

Thanks.  Frosty The Lucky.

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that reminds me, I need a serious class in Bo-Hi scraping

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Wow. That is beautiful. I have only seen stock removal swords done. That is awesome that you made it the traditional way.

 I understood every thing you said btw. ;) Did you make the Tsuba your self? 

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Hello: 

First off: Steve..scraping in a BO-Hi/groove is not all that hard...yeah t takes a wee bit of time but not as much as you may think...once you get it it started it goes pretty quickly...Just make sure your blade is SOFT and the cutter is sharp and properly hardened.. 

On the fittings. I get these from an Art Foundry in Taiwan that specializes in fine sculptural and artistic castings. These were done in bronze with gold and silver leaf details...everything else I did here.

I am just happy to be done (more or less) with the series..As it is I never even want to THINK about doing another Japanese sword again...Tire of slicing myself to ribbons...

Thank you all for the kind words..

JPH

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perhaps a class in Kenjitsu if Iaido isnt enough.... lol

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Steve; you can sit next to him in the class---I'll watch from waaaay over there! 

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Geeze...you cut up one guy ONCE and you never live it down...

JPH

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I have found that asking your wife to remove bloodstains from your clothing strains the relationship after a while---right up there with showing up with a dirty shop rag wrapped around your hand and asking her to drive you to your HMO's urgent care facility...

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23 minutes ago, JPH said:

Geeze...you cut up one guy ONCE and you never live it down...

JPH

Kids these days think they've got it bad!  Why old Jim Bowie told me about just going out on a sandbar to WITNESS a duel.  On the way back the opposing dueler's party got so nervous that they started shooting and stabbing Jim!  He had to cut the whole bunch of em up!  He said they "were fools to bring guns to a knife fight"!  His reputation dogged him ever after, idjits trying to make themselves a name... they all got graves instead.  Tough old cuss he was!

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Brother Thos:

The last time i needed sutures that I couldn't put in meself  was in my right hand and it was well..rather "juicy"  (I slipped while doing the final polish on a No-Dachi) so wrapped it up in a semi clean shop towel and I drove myself across town to the VA hospital out here...It was the first time they ever treated a sword wound...My how the military has changed...back in the day they use to treat a LOT of sword wounds...Anyway....well an hour and a half and 11 sutures later I was headed home...had to do some real dancing to get then to let me drive myself home too!!  Pansy butts....

JPH

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There have been suggestions of using my belly scars as the basis for ogham inscriptions; the big one only looks like a sword slash and I have been stabbed in the back professionally a few times---once on my zeroth birthday...

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Brother Thomas...

Back in my wild and misspent youth I got involved in far too many social situations that resulted in blood being spilled in various ways and for various reasons..I do not miss that at all. My arms, chest and abdomen look like a road map of California...But they managed to more or less put me back together good enough... But now I am feeling all those bumps I got...

JPH

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I was not a very social person most of mine were things that happened to me by myself---like sticking a sword in my foot, or walking out of the forest with a badly sprained ankle as I had decided crawling would take too long...plus various surgeries.  Unfortunately I had a tendency to not go to the Dr in a timely manner

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