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Japanese Sword Events featuring Fusataro, a Kanefusa family style Japanese master sword smith We will be creating a variety of Japanese sword events and opportunities for the North American public to interact with Fusataro, a 25th generation Kanefusa sword smith from Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Fusataro, will be coming to the United States and Canada for the months of September, October and November of 2013 for a variety of events ranging from presentations, courses and demonstrations. Please take a look at our Events Calendar for full detail, location and registration. http://tamahagane.com/events/ If you would like to invite Fusataro to an event of your own or schedule an interview, please contact us to discuss. email@example.com For more information about Fusataro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Uq7kRNUp_U&feature=share&list=UU3zYFlUJJLz1L3N35Jq4xMQ
Here's the exciting news. I actually mounted a blade for the first time in ages. The bad news? Well, uh...it's not this one. So, once again, here's another bunch of shots of an unmounted blade. Sorry guys. But I promise you I'll show the mounted blade as soon as the lacquer dries and I can get it buffed out. Anyhoo, that said, I really liked how the blade shape worked out on this one. The difference between a mediocre blade shape and decent one is often really, really subtle and it's always frustrating as hell to get to the end of a project, look at the final product and go: "Huh. It seemed a lot better when I was making it." So I'm relieved this one worked out the way I imagined it. Parenthetically, sometimes because of a camera lens distortion effect known as "barrel distortion" the geometry of the blade as you see it in real life is also subtly different from the way it looks in the photo. That's sort of the case here, though I think the picture is pretty much close enough for rock and roll. The blade length is a hair over 12 inches and the total length is around 16 1/2, fairly slim and light. It's forged from the same billet of 1000 layer 1050/1095 as the tanto I showed on here a couple of weeks ago.