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Another higonokami I finished this week, but probably not in time for Valentines day unless I get a local buyer.
Copper handle with a hand carved raised inlay and nanako texture. Each nanako dot is 0.4mm in diameter. Handle was patinated using rokusho the sealed with three layers of baked-on urushi. I'm one of the 5% who is not allergic to urushi.

The blade was forged out of a piece of Bohler's K510, a W1 equivalent. Edge quenched for a hard edge.DSCF5491.JPGDSCF5493.JPGDSCF5503.JPG

 Thank you for looking, questions and comments welcome.

 

 

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I'm just gonna assume  here in my ignorance of this particular art form  and the Japanese  terminology that the "stippling" back ground is done by hand , and is far from being applied  randomly. It appears as uniform as the threads in a fabric twill. Which means I'm saying...THAT'S AWESOME!

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11 hours ago, Hoy's Forge said:

I'm just gonna assume  here in my ignorance of this particular art form  and the Japanese  terminology that the "stippling" back ground is done by hand , and is far from being applied  randomly. It appears as uniform as the threads in a fabric twill. Which means I'm saying...THAT'S AWESOME!

 

Thank you! Yes,it is done by hand, using a punch with a cupped tip. On this one I used the smallest cup tip punch I have made to date. Here is a link to a short clip by Ford Hallam: Nanako

Below is a cropped part of one of my photos. Not as good as I want it to be, maybe another little higonokami or two to get there.

nanako.jpg

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