Sword Polishing Photos|
Detail of a late Koto period katate-uchi signed Fuyuhiro.
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13 5/8" tanto by Tachibana
Nobutsura with extremely high quality dragon horimono. This was super
tricky. It has some of the most beautiful horimono I've seen.
Every scale is carved out and under cut precisely in three
dimensions. I had to clean and re-burnish each one. Lots of hours
with tooth picks and stone dust and tiny needle burnishers. Click on the image to see online feedback and comments for this blade.
The opposite side of the Tachibana
Nobutsura tanto. Engraved with Fudo-Myoo "The Immovable".
He sits in flames holding a rope in his left hand to bind evil and a
sword in his right. Click on image to see facebook comments for this blade.
Here is a detail of a sword that I was very proud to work on.
is the Wake Island surrender sword, property of the National Museum of
the United States Navy in Washington, DC. This is a WWII era Japanese Naval
Officer's sword. The tag attributes the blade to a Seki smith Kaneshige. This blade
was surrendered by Company Commander Tetsu Matsudaira at Wake Island
and presented to Fleet Admiral William Leahy. Click on the image to see live feedback and comments for this blade on facebook.
Detail of the really great kissaki
(point) on wakizashi I just finished. 21 3/4" length, signed
Yamato Daijo Ujishige. Lots of activity! For more on this blade including feedback and comments click here!
up detail photo angled to show the exquisite hada of this katana signed: Bishu Osafune Norimitsu. Dated 1487.
Another picture of the 15 3/4"
naginata naoshi wakizashi signed Izumi no Kami Kanesada. Has strong
itame hada (wood grain) going into mokume (burl). Lot of large nie
crystals. A very attractive quality blade overall. Also VERY SHARP! For more information including feedback and comments click here!
is an osuriage katana
signed Bizen Kuni ju... It has a thick
kasane and a extremely
fine ko-mokume hada. The hamon (temper line) of this blade is
finished in a keisho style.
Recently finished koto era tanto by
Kanenori. It has a really interesting hamon with series of 5-6 gunome
of uniform height separated by individual shorter gunome. Feedback here!
is a 16 1/2" mumei o-suriage
wakizashi. This one started out in really bad shape. Had to
completely re-cut the groove. More pictures of this blade
En-po era (1673) katana signed Bungo no
Kami Minamoto Masayasu. 27 1/2" long, o-suriage (shortened).
Finished in a sashikomi style. See this page
for more information on the difference between keisho
and sashikomi finishing.
20 3/4" wakizashi signed
Nagasone Okisato Nyudo Kotetsu. The reverse
is signed "ju to Azan Oshioka hen" which means "living around Oshioka
in western Azan". This blade has a ko-itame hada and an
Okisato Nyudo Kotetsu, full view with the tsuka and tsuba attached.
and detail of some of the exceptional koshire for this blade.
has NBTHK Tokubetsu Kicho papers dated 1961. There is some
question as to the authenticity of this paper and the attribution of
was a full traditional art polish on a huge mumei naginata,
most difficult blades to polish!
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David Hofhine, Kensei LLC