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Hello friends of the sharp edges,


here are the result of my work from a couple of weeks.

Sorry, for the picture quality...

It is not easy to get a good picture from the blades.



Two tanto-blades made out of bloom steel, in Shirasaya .


Polish is done in the traditionell style by hand with japanese polishing stones. No acid was used.

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With one blade i was inspired from the classic old style of the Hosho school from Yamato province.

So , the shorter one, is made in that style

Dense masame-hada, with a quiet hamon and some nie with no turnback of the temperline on the back of the blade.

In the hada are some ji-nie.

Length of the blade :21cm

Width by the habaki: 22mm

Thickness by the habaki: 6,5mm

Some close up :





The other one is a free version but still in a classic shape, with a double groove on one and a single groove on the other side.

Also dense masame-hada.

The Hamon is a little bit more active with a lot of nie inside and a kaeri back on the mune.

Here also ji-nie in the hada.

Length of the blade : 23,5cm

Width by the habaki : 23mm

Thickness by the habaki : 7mm

Some close up.





Any kind of comment is welcome.

Thanks for watching.


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These are inspirational themselves..very clean lines, beautiful. I am particularly appreciative of the photography, which allows me to get a good feel of the steel.

Thank you


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I am not an expert on Japanese work, by far. However, I appreciate the heat treatment and texture of that steel. you did a great job on the blade, and the woodwork on the saya looks pristine.


subtle and refined.



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Stark minimalist beauty... the strong, bold lines, the subtle texture... well done man.


Excellent presentation also.

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Thank you very much for all the friendly comments.


Glad to see that you understand what i try to bring out with this work.


Sometimes is less more........



They look just like the originals that would have inspired you to make them.

You are right that i try to copy the work of the old masters ........but i just scratch the artistic level of the old originals.


In 1998, and again in 2006 i had the possibility to study some of the masterpieces made with masame hada in Japan.

A tanto from Hosho Sadakiyo and two other tanto from Sadaoki are very impressive with the brilliance nie in the hada and in the hamon.

It looks really like there where thousands of reflecting little crystals spray over the blade . That was a magical moment and my personal

breakthrough to understand why these blades have a high level rank as art objekts.


Anyway ...for me it was an nice instructive way with a lot of new stuff to learn and i will go on in this direktion in the future.

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The short one will have a simple koshirae with a white same grip and black horn fuchi kashira and

black lacquer saya. ...so, nothing special.


With the larger one ...well there are some ideas but in moment iam not sure what exactly i will do.


I will post the result here.

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Truly beautiful work. Love that steel and that very clean hamon. What iron ore / material did you use for the bloom?

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I get the bloom from a friend, Achim Wirtz.

He told me that he use iron ore from south america for this one.


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very lovely!

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  • 2 months later...

Now it is done.......the Koshirae.

Koshirae Tanto.jpg


Black polish lacquer saya made out of honoki wood.

Handle wrapped with Same. Mekugi and the other parts made out of Horn .

Koshirae 2.jpg


The Tsunagi(wooden blade) and the Habaki also made out of Wood.



The new Owner can put the wooden Habaki also on the Steel blade for store the blade in the Shira-saya.

This fit in both ways.



And the last one.



Thanks for watching.





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very cool work!


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