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  1. This is a recent commision which has consumed my life for the last 9 months or so. It is forged out of 3/8" x 1 & 1/2" W2 bar purchased from Aldo Bruno, the NJ Steel Baron. The customer took a very active roll in the birth of this sword and had a hand in every step of the process. This would not work with everyone but, this time, it worked out beautifully and he has a true appreciation of all the hard work and artistry involved. Currently, the client is polishing the sword and it is between 900 and 1200 grits. I supplied it to him at a 600 grit finish. The owner of this sword (and his college age son) have been doing extensive cutting and he intends to use it during a cutting event sponsored by a local Aikido Dojo. I am eagerly looking forward to the event. STATS: W2 Steel 25" blade (right at the length of the largest historical example) 2 & 1/8" wide at widest point, just under 2" at narrowest point (1/8" wider than historical examples) 8" handle (from front of guard to end of rivet) Weight is just under 2 pounds (I added weight, in the form of lead shot, in the handle to balance the blade) Handle is constructed from Padauk wood, Cow bone, Bronze sheet, Steel rivet block, Lead Shot, and Epoxy Blade features a raised rib down the center, which is much wider than historical examples, with a re-inforced tip ~Bruce~
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