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Mike Melillo
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:43 am    Post subject: Katana project Reply with quote
This is my latest late-night project. I started with an unmounted 1060 blade from Kult of Athena, a tsuba blank from Sei Do Kai, and some koshirae and samekawa leftovers. This is my second completed sword project, as well as my first attempt at acid-etching a hamon, hybrid polishing, patination of the furniture, and engraving. Thanks for looking.

Blade length - Nagasa (tip to Mune-machi): 28 inches - 71.12 cm
Width at Mune-Machi: 1 1/8" - 2.9 cm
Width at Yokote: 7/8" - 2.2 cm
Thickness at Mune-Machi: 1/4" - 5.5 mm
Thickness at Yokote: 3/16" - 4.8 mm
Tsuka length: 9 3/4" - 24.8 cm





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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
It does look great ! Shocked ...even if i'm not personally fond of red samekawa.Wink

Why the mon coin on the tsuka ?

I think it's a bit a pity to engrave katakana on a blade. In my humble opinion, Katakana makes a blade look less authentic than would kanji or even bonji. But I understand that you wanted to write your name, and that katakana are easier to engrave than kanji ! I notice that when I try to engrave them in woodenwares Smile

Well done ! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'm with you -- the katakana on the blade really mar the thing...


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Out of curiosity how is Kult of Athena? I wanted to pick up a Lakonian sword from them for a projet.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Beautiful piece of work
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks... the katakana was an unfortunate necessity to cover over the word "CHINA" that was stamped there. I didn't want to carve in a bo-hi or something, and really wanted it gone.

Regarding KOA's blades, for $20 you get what you pay for. IMHO, the steel isn't that good at all... polishing brought out various inconsistencies, and as a result, I opted out of a mirror polish and went a very coarse one to compensate. The tip of the kissaki on this one was dented, and both blades had some acid-etched charachters that sanded off easily. They come with a passable saya... needless to say, I'd like to try something a little more upscale next time. Live and learn.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
not bad work wrapping the tsuka! I am going to start learning that myself. I am waiting for my new blade to get here, which should be any day now, then I am going to order some silk and use by old beater blade as a learning tool. Currently it has cotton on it and it's the standard black wrap with white same. I think I am going to do the tea colored silk or brown leather and maybe black same. I am actually moving away from liking the black same in favor of the white. The blade I am waiting on right now has dark brown silk with white same. I am not sure how much you want to spend but Zanshin has some nice cheap blades aside from their more expensive ones. The cheap ones don't have a hamon etched unless you request it, so you would still be able to do the etching if you wanted to.
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