JPH Posted June 5, 2009 Share Posted June 5, 2009 (edited) Hello: Well RPFS is now over for the year and I am finally able to get back to work... Now I hope the photos come through I do have a new Sony camera so here goes... Finally after more than 18 months or so of various experimenting and techniques I got my "Nagi-Dachi Tachi" finished to where I am no longer ashamed to show it ensuite with the siya. This sword has been called an "abomination" by Japanese sword collectors..Funny thing is..I never said it was suppose to be anything than it is...And that's a sword. The blade...is huge...at 34", kobuse construction, using 1095 mixed with refined meteorite and wrought iron. The laminate is then wrapped around a wrought iron core and then finished forged. There's around 2200 layers by my estimation so C content is pretty much homogenous. Ok I made expensive 1055 The two Bo-Hi are hand scraped with the Naginata Hi being the biggest PITA . Straight (sugaha) Hamon, as this was the most "effective" visiaully on a "working blade" at least to me..besdies this is all that's really needed.. Tsuka is in a "bat" themed motiff. Blued steel tsuba, fuchi and kashira. Tsuka length is 15".. The Tsuka is covered with tiger ray Samegawa and black and gold silk ito. A silver and blued steel twin bat menuki is under the ito. Overall length is 50" The Siya is covered on the top third by matching tiger ray samegawa with a horn Koiguchi and a horn "ferrule" that makes the transition from the ray skin to the black lacquer over the gold leaf. The 22K gold leaf process I finally figured out after numerous failures. Boy were those a glorious mess...Talk about disappointments...but now I think I got it....A horn kojiri brings it all to an end... Hope these photos work... these are from like I said my "state of the art" Sony camera and I dunno...still they have to be better than my old ones... All in all this one finally is where I like it.. JPH Dang!! OK I have tried like 6 different things and I can't get the pics to load so let me see if I can do this... http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc78/Jhrisoulas1/005.jpg http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc78/Jhrisoulas1/006.jpg http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc78/Jhrisoulas1/001.jpg For some reason they wouldn't upload from my computer...could the files be too big?? Edited June 5, 2009 by JPH If you wish to know the price of freedom..Visit a Veteran's Hospital...I am humbled by their sacrifice... Why is it when the Mighty Thor throws his hammer he is dispensing Justice and fighting Evil..BUT..when I throw my hammer I wind up in a mandatory 16 week anger management course??</p> I came into this world naked, screaming and covered in someone else's blood...I have no problem going out the same way... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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