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guarnera

reverse kasaki

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Hello all,

       I'm back. I had a health scare 4 years ago, and thought I was dyeing, So I sold all my knife making stuff. Well my treatment went well and I'm still kicking. So being retired now, and no shop, I have been kind of bored lately. So I found in my shed a Bob Egnath Katana, that I had forgotten about. It's one he made before he passed away. The only problem is that it had a crack in the tip. I reground the tip. But now the Hamon runs off the tip. I have read that when this happens to a Japanese smith, they cut the tip off backwards, kind of like a broken back saex. The problem is, I have never seen an example of this. Do they make a kind of reverse Kasaki? If anyone has a picture of this and can post it I would be eternally grateful. I hate to see one of Bob's last swords go by the wayside. He was getting some great hamons toward the end. Also, what would be the weight of a bare katana blade? 42" total. 31" blade, and 11" tang. This blade seems a bit heavy. Although after shaping and polishing it should lighten up a little.

     Sincerely,

          Tony G.

  P.S.  If Mark P is lurking, How the heck are you doing? P.M. me.

       Antnee #1

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Very interesting question... I'll be watching this one. I would normally suggest re-heat treating, but then it loses some of it's "magic".

Edit: I don't know you, but I'm glad you're ok!

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I think most swords would be around 2 pounds more or less. Going from memory, the back of the blade is ground toward the edge.....research Satsuma-age. Hope it helps; how about some photos?

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