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Katana -- folded steel with mounts

Walter Sorrells

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Just finished this shinogi-zukuri katana.  It was forged from thousand layer forge-welded steel made from 1050 and 1095.


I kind of put the brakes on mounting for a few years, but now I'm back to it again and really enjoying it.  I did the mount from the ground up including all the fittings -- fuchi-kashira, menuki, tsuba, seppa, shitodome, etc.  The scabbard was lacquered with nitrocellulose lacquer -- a dark red I mixed, then a few layers of clear coat, then 23 karat gold foil, then four or five more layers of clear.  Buffalo horn koiguchi and kurigata.  The handle was wrapped using all the normal traditional materials -- manta ray skin, silk braid, etc.

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Check out Walter's instructional videos:

Forging Japanese Style Blades

Making Hamons

Japanese Sword Mounting


Making Japanese Sword Fittings

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Gorgeous! Absolutely stunning!

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What a beautiful sword. I am glad that you returned to doing fittings, as those are gorgeous too. The red lacquer and gold leaf look so good together.

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That is a magnificent blade....wonderful.

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walter - I missed this somehow. Very nice. I love the effects of the subtle contrast steels.


glad you have found some excitement in fittings again. coming back to something can be a blast after some time away. A little change keeps the skills sharp.



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