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  1. Hi Kris, Got your message. Just sent the rest of the info regarding the money transfer. Should be all set on my side. Merry Christmas! Kevin
  2. This is awesome Kris. I wasn't REALLY looking for a Christmas present for myself, but...... I'll take it if still available. I will email to follow up. Again, really amazing looking work, even before you consider it was all done by hand. Thanks, Kevin
  3. I knew this reminded me of a piece I had seen. Looks similar to a "Fokos". Basically a combination walking stick and light axe. The one in the pictures has a version of the back strap reinforcing you mentioned. Hope this helps. http://im1.shutterfly.com/procsrserv/47b9d806b3127cce98548872e9f500000040108AcuGrdu3cNU/cwvDm9asA3Lw9atmAbl5etGTDg http://im1.shutterfly.com/procsrserv/47b9d806b3127cce9854887368c400000040108AcuGrdu3cNU/cwvDm9asA3Lw9atmAbl5etGTDg
  4. Hi Caleb, I'll be happy to let you know what I bought it for. But first, how much would you have paid for it? Thanks, Kevin
  5. Thank you Don, thank you very much! I really appreciate you getting back to me (us) on this. I am happy to report that although it was on e-bay for a short time the blade is now in my gun safe and waiting for me to puzzle out a appropriate set of mounts for it. While I have you on the line, I'd like to clarify a few things. 1. Am I correct in my perception that this is a 3 bar composittion? 2. Is the dark line running down the blade on each side a welding flaw or just a darker piece of material or a deeper fold line? When George posted his comment I went back a closely inspected the blade along those lines and it appears as solid in that location as on any other portion of the blade. But taking into consideration I am a collector vs. a bladesmith, it's pretty safe to say that I could easily be missing something. 3. Could you provide some input as to the style/type of the blade this is? Based on the overall blade profile and tapering it seems close to a type XII or XIII b. But because the cross section of the blade is a flattened diamond vs. a lenticular shape, and the lack of a fuller, I tend to look at the type XVIIIa as a possibility as well. Any input of guidance you can provide here will be greatly appreciated. And again, thanks for following up on this. The blade caught my attention just on the merits shape and steel pattern. That it had your name on it was a definite bonus, but not the entire reason for my purchase. To have the signature validated by you is a great way to start the New Year! Sincerely, Kevin
  6. Hello Folks, I appreciate the interest in this mystery. I'm curious as well. I've sent out a question as suggested. I haven't heard anything yet. I'll certainly check in once I hear anything. Thanks, Kevin
  7. Good afternoon folks, So I was cruising though e-bay about a week ago when I stumbled upon this blade. It immediately grabbed my attention. Hope fully I didn't just make a foolish impulse buy, but my gut tells me this may be the real deal. Can anyone here either confirm or deny the authenticity of the signature on this blade? Any input or opinions will be appreciated. Thanks, Kevin
  8. Hi Greg Blade No. 1 arrived while I was out of town this weekend and was waiting for me when I got back. A very pleasant surprise. The blade looks even better in person than it does online. I've admired (coveted) your work for some time and this piece proves out my initial impressions. My next step is to track down some reference material for correct handle and sheath designs. More fun to be had. Again, this is a really nice blade and it was a pleasure to work with you. Hope to continue. Thanks, Kevin
  9. Beautiful work once again Greg! Is blade no. 1 still available? If so, I would like to purchase this one. Thanks, Kevin
  10. Please DON'T follow this advice. I don't typically chime in here, I'm here to learn from those who know far more than I do. But this is a different situation. First and foremost, please do not consider applying heat to this blade. To do so will drastically reduce any value it may have. I'm sure there are more than enough craftsmen on this site that can attest to the difficulty of doing a proper differential quench on a sword. Secondly, an experienced polisher can straighten the sword with purely mechanical means, no heat needed. Finally, I question the assessment of this as a WWII blade. Neither the patina on the tang not the fuchi, etc. line up with this assessment. Please take these pictures over to Nihonto Message Board. They will quickly be able to give you an estimate of the age of the sword and point you in the right direction towards getting it repaired. Thanks, Kevin
  11. That sounds great Greg. I will send you a message so we can work out the payment details etc. BTW, I took some time to go through your facebook page. Very impressive work. Thanks, Kevin
  12. This is beautiful Greg. I've already exceeded the budget for this month, but sometimes there needs to be an exception. I'll take this if it is still available. Thanks, Kevin
  13. Being the lucky beneficiary (not benfactor) of Jim's last medically inspired fire sale I can attest to the quality and incredible sharpness of these blades. But than again, everyone here knows this already. Beautiful blade. I wish I had the funds to "help out" again. Good Luck Kevin
  14. PM Sent. Thanks, Kevin Just to clarify. I would like to purchase the swords at the price detailed above. However, to avoid the forementioned ER visit I will need to pay for them by USPS Money order. If that does not fit your financial timeline, I understand. Please let me know when you get a chance. Thanks Again, Kevin
  15. Being the fortunate individual who purchased this kniie, I'd like to thank Chris for a great deal and a beautiful knife. I'd just been wondering when I'd see some of his work up for sale again. A couple of days later this knife was posted. It's a really nice piece and I'm happy to add it to my collection. Now about this wakizashi...............?? I like the simplicity as well. Will it be traditionally mounted with a mekugi peg? What is the core steel of the blade? Thanks, Kevin
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